From its opening moments to its final confrontation between The Daredevil and Fisk, Marvel's first outing with its Netflix relationship was more than I could have ever hoped for. Marvel took the unique opportunity that a partnership with Netflix offered them and they hit one right out of the park.
Enjoyed by both critics and fans alike, Daredevil delivered on all levels. We had an origin, without spending too long there. The flashbacks were a highly effective method of giving us Matt's backstory without dragging things out and taking time away from where he is at in his journey. Charlie Cox's performance humanizes and grounds our titular hero as he grows in the role he has cast himself in, an avenging angel appearing as the Devil himself.
While Cox's Matt Murdock may choose the darkness to attempt to shine his light into, Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk is both his equal and opposite. A true devil trying to appear as an angel, Fisk also believes everything he does is absolutely necessary. With a cold and calculating performance, D'Onofrio delivers a villain to us that only Tom Hiddleston's Loki can compare with. Both terrifying and eerily vulnerable, seeing D'Onofrio perform is watching a true master craftsman at work.
Not to be outdone, Daredevil also carries some wonderful work from its supporting cast. We were given a wonderful mix of veteran performances from the likes of Bob Gunton's Leland Owlsley and Vondie Curtis-Hall's Ben Urich all the way to the newer faces with Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page and Tobey Leonard Moore's Wesley. Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson also gave strong performances as well.
I am looking forward to what season 2 has in store as well. Already announcing the additions of Elektra and The Punisher, Bullseye is in the works as well, so we know the action and intensity are only going to be greater. It looks to start where the first season left us and take things to a whole new level. With Elektra and Bullseye both on their way I look forward to seeing more involvement from The Hand. Also, what will Wilson Fisk's plans be from behind bars to come after our hero and claim his rightful place as Kingpin.
All in all, Marvel's freshman outing with Netflix brought just about everything I could have asked for. A raw, street level hero looking to find a place in a world that is having its eyes forced open to the reality of super-powered people. Yet even in this new world, there are still those seeking to take advantage and prey on their weaker man.....and in this world all men must answer one question:
"Do YOU believe in the Devil?"