Disney’s Daredevil TV Series: Should We Worry?

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by | Sep 1, 2022 | Film & TV

Will Disney's new Daredevil TV Series be crammed into Marvel's visual cinematic style or be allowed to stand on its own two feet?

When Netflix released season one of the Daredevil TV series in 2015 it immediately became one the most watched shows on the platform. Its gritty and grounded take on the man without fear soon garnered enough praise and support by fans to warrant a second season, soon building a universe of its own. While the Netflix shows are technically set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe their darker tone and R rated violence sets them apart and allows them to tell unique stories that the Avengers cannot. Stories not tied to the continuity and tonal structure that the MCU is built on. With a third season released in 2018 Daredevil was at the height of its popularity and fans couldn’t wait for another season to follow, yet it was not to be, as every Marvel Netflix show was cancelled and later pulled from the platform. 

Dedicated fans suspected actor Charlie Cox would reprise his role as Daredevil in some form or another, perhaps being integrated within the ever expanding MCU line of films. Though they would have to wait a full three years before their suspicions are confirmed, Cox made a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home in early 2021 featuring as Peter Parker’s blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen Matt Murdock. Here we skip to July 2022 where Marvel announces it’s next phase of movies and TV shows in production, with you guessed it, a new Daredevil TV series making an appearance on the board titled Daredevil: Born Again. 

While the majority of us fans (myself included) are excited to see our favourite Marvel street hero return to the fold, some of can’t help but feel anxious with what Disney has in store for the character.

MCU HUMOUR WILL NOT WORK IN A DAREDEVIL TV SERIES

Marvel has grown a reputation of ironic and misplaced humour that tends to undercut important or dramatic moments within their movies. It has been so overdone at this point that fans now know what to expect from every Marvel film they go to see, though these jokes have become less and less funny overtime to the point they are cringeworthy more than anything else. Thor Love and Thunder is proof that they have taken this humour too far, with inappropriately timed jokes made as Jane Foster suffers with cancer and Thor’s fall from a wise and just prince of Asgard to a travelling muscle headed meatball of a court jester to the Guardians of the Galaxy. Even Marvel’s Moon Knight, a dark antihero style character often hailed as Marvel’s answer to Batman, suffered from this forced comedy input. 

The Daredevil TV show is not one that would benefit from such humour either, as we know the likes of Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock’s longtime friend and oftentimes comic relief for the show will suffer a major dumbing down. One that is truly undeserving of his character. The original Netflix show had dialogue that made characters feel real, that displayed their altering motivations and different personalities. This translated well on screen to get us, the audience invested in their stories. If every character begins cracking the same type of joke after an emotional or climactic set piece, viewers will quickly get disinterested. The tone must fit with the dark and gritty design the series is known for and not be vacuum packed into the Marvel comedic trash dump.

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LEAVE THE DAREDEVIL TV SERIES COLOUR PALETTE ALONE

Ever since The Avengers first released, Marvel has painted every single one of their movies with the same colourful, vibrant and CGI flavoured brush stoke. While this has worked for the majority of their films and has helped to identify them as belonging to this grand overarching universe, Daredevil is a character that deserves to remain untouched in this regard. Keep the shadows, the nighttime city lights and the cold grungy aesthetic that makes this city seem irredeemable. There are no men in iron suits of armour, bold star spangled enforcers of justice or a literal God of thunder to protect this piece of Manhattan. Just a lone vigilante with nothing but his fists and his wits to keep himself alive and save his city from corruption. 

That is what viewers have come to expect from this character and this series, Hell’s Kitchen has become a character of its own and it would be a shame for Marvel to spoil it for the sake of enforcing their standards of a shared visual cinematic style. A style that at this point could be done away with. The fans know what the MCU is and who belongs within it, they no longer need these tropes to remind the audience that Ant-Man and The Hulk exist in the same universe. Marvel can afford to allow their creators to explore with their characters and find a visual style that fits with them and the story they want to tell, speaking of story…

ALLOW DAREDEVIL TO TELL A DIFFERENT MCU STORY

Something the original Daredevil TV series has which the majority of the MCU lacks is good, interesting recurring villains. Aside from Thanos, the MCU has done a poor job of maintaining a cast of villains that haven’t met some unfortunate ending. Most of their villains appear for a single film before being killed off or set to make a post credit cameo in later movies. While this is Marvel’s way of cramming in more characters it also prevents us as the audience from feeling any real risk or stakes involved within their story as we know our hero will defeat them, onto the next one. A strategy which is slowly getting old.

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Daredevil’s archenemy The Kingpin has become so iconic and serves as the perfect foil for our protagonist, with the character actively and repeatedly causing pain for Matt Murdock throughout all three seasons. We have watched as Daredevil has come so close to ending this pain once and for all by killing his rival though can never quite bring himself to do so, hence their conflict continues. While The Kingpin is set to return in some capacity in this new Daredevil TV series it is unclear on the size of the role he will play. Perhaps it is time for a new villain to take the stage in the battle for Hell’s Kitchen however here’s hoping Marvel don’t choose to kill any off before they have a chance to shine.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Daredevil is a character that has always held a somewhat outsider role in the Marvel Universe, often choosing to work alone than with others. While I’m sure cameos from other big MCU superheroes are inevitable the hope is there that they do not, for story’s sake. Fans fears of a Disneyfied Daredevil TV series full of blinding colour, CGI fight scenes and cringy attempts at humorous dialogue could soon be on the horizon when it comes to Disney+ in 2024, yet I hope not. Marvel has a chance to bring some unique, quality storytelling back to their universe with a beloved character that could really spawn a new era for the world of the MCU.

With the recent news that the new series will not be a continuation of Netflix’s Daredevil, we shared our thoughts here.

Written by George Cooper

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