Since Marvel's "Daredevil" was released on Netflix.....actually let me rephrase that. Since 3 days after Marvel's "Daredevil" released on Netflix, and everybody had finished binge watching the entire darkly incredible show, the suit, finally revealed in episode 13, has gotten it's fair share of flack.
Below is a good shot of the suit in its entirety, and I'm going to tell you why I believe that it works in this universe that we have grown to love.
I'll keep this short and sweet.
I've avoided all news and gossip about the show until I could finally finish it earlier this week. Naturally, when I was done, I searched around to read whatever I could find on the masterpiece. To my surprise, I found that most of what people had to say pertained to the suit and the problems they had with it.
Now let me come right out and say that I'm in no way a comic book guru, and I know for a fact that 99% of you reading this have more knowledge on the subjects than I. That being said, please leave your opinions because I get you can convince me I'm wrong!
The MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) does not stay true to its comic book lore, not even close. We all know that, and that's okay! If they were the exact same then there would be no surprises, and not near as many people that hadn't been fans prior would be shoveling money out to fund the next project.
Just like the stories, personalities, and timetable differ from the comics, so do the costumes. I know I know, some of them are the exact same, and some have a striking resemblance, and all of them are at least Based off of the comics.
One thing that Marvel has done is taken a completely fictional, mystical, impossible world...and made it more easy to relate to. It's a huge part of what makes the MCU so popular. It all started in 2008 when Iron Man, a rich, arrogant, and completely believable playboy got imprisoned by terrorists. Tony had to use what was around him to.....Introduce the first costume of the MCU!
The fact that Tony Stark made this suit out of the things he was provided in a cave, made everybody in the audience completely sit in awe that they were so pumped up about what they thought was going to be a silly suit. Of course, his suit got a little upgrades and continues to do so...
The creative obtaining of suits didn't stop with iron man. Each character has a unique way they came about wearing what they wear while in combat. Some may be as simple as that's the style of that time to Asgard, to as complex as The Winter Soldier being given a bionic arm for the sole purpose of making him a more lethal fighter. Below I've included these two, as well as several other notable costumes from all ends of the MCU.
There you have it. A bunch of costumes that if you told somebody ten years ago the main character of a top grossing film would be outfitted in, they might laugh.
So back to Daredevil. Here are a few reasons why I think the Daredevil costume is okay...
First, it is reminiscent of the comic books, in that it has red in it, and they kept the horns.
The above picture brings me to my second point. All red wouldn't work, even if it's what the comic books came up with. We have seen an all red leathery look on Ben Affleck, and.....yeah.
Third, the show didn't start with a blind man that has always dressed up in a red fighting suit. In fact, the show took 11 or 12 episodes to finally introduce the reason the lawyer even has a costume. Daredevil sports his brooding all black to go meet the guy that had providing Wilson Fisk with his armored suits. A guy we all agree is going to come back as The Gladiator, but that's another story. Point is, they thought of an interesting way to come about his costume, and he even told the guy to make it a symbol for the city of Hell's Kitchen. Also, he talks about how different colors on the suit (as if Murdock can tell) have different purposes.
Lastly, for those of you that had some problems. Or those of you that almost hated the show because of it...don't worry. Marvel can do whatever they want, and they can change the costume for next season if they want. Just like iron man, there can be "upgrades" or maybe the suit gets destroyed somehow. Who knows?! One thing is certain, though, Marvel has an incredible online presence, and they most certainly have heard your cries.
So, what do you think? Some of you that are more well versed please let me know!