Disney may own Marvel whose characters — from Captain America, Iron Man and Thor to The Avengers — have been box office gold in theaters — but it has thus far failed to create breakout Marvel hit for its ABC TV network. Captain America spin-off Agent Carter is history and Agents of Shield has squeaked by its three seasons (a fourth begins in September) borderline success at best.
In fact, its Netflix that appears to have had the most success in bringing Marvel properties to the small screen — with both Daredevil and former-superhero-turned private eye Jessica Jones quickly establishing themselves as fan favorites. Daredevil — the better known of the two titles appeared on the scene first and is now going into its third season. (h.t. Wikipedia)
If you haven’t caught the show yet, here are ten things you need to know about the character whose real name is Matt Murdock.
1. He’s blind — made so by exposure to radiation that heightened his other senses to an amazing degree.
2. His father Jack Murdock was a boxer — offed by the mob for refusing to throw a fight, enhancing another of Matt’s senses — his sense of justice.
3. As an adult, Matt becomes a New York City defense attorney — often defending small-time crooks associated with the big fish (i.e. the mob boss known as the Kingpin) he seeks to bring to justice as Daredevil.
4. Much of the action in Daredevil is set, appropriately enough, in the neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen.
5. Daredevil is also known as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen and the Man Without Fear.
6. Daredevil is a practicing — and conflicted — Catholic who often cryptically seeks counsel regarding his ethical dilemmas from his parish priest.
7. The first season of Daredevil featured Kingpin as his chief antagonist. His primary second season foe was The Punisher, a fellow vigilante who, unlike Daredevil, is willing to kill to mete out justice.
8. In the TV series, Matt Murdock/Daredevil is portrayed by British actor Charlie Cox who is perhaps best known for his work on Martin Scorsese’s HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
9. Cox’s portrayal has proven to be a more popular Daredevil than Ben Affleck’s who played the character in a 2003 big screen adaptation that turned out to be one of relatively movie misfires featuring a Marvel superhero. Unlike the TV show, the film was not produced by Marvel Entertainment.
10. Besides Daredevil and Jessica Jones, Netflix plans at least three more Marvel-base series. They include Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders, the latter being a team-up of all four Marvel heroes against a common enemy.