It looks to be another big year for Marvel in 2015, as Ant-Man will be making his diminutive presence known to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a big way on July 17th, and we will also see the return of earth’s mightiest heroes taking on their strongest foe yet in The Avengers: Age of Ultron . However, Marvel Studios will also be making a big impact on the small screen in the New Year with Agent Carter premiering on ABC in January during the midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will pick up its second season after a powerful midseason finale. But, there is even more to add to the Marvel Television roster, as Daredevil and A.K.A. Jessica Jones will both be debuting too.
Unlike Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., which are both home to ABC, Mavel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones will both be airing on Netflix as part of their initiative to introduce far more original content. Daredevil, from showrunner Steven S. Deknight, will be the first to air on the streaming service, and it boasts a superb cast, with Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) starring as Matt Murdock: the blind, New York based attorney, who doubles as masked vigilante Daredevil (last appearing on the big screen in the woeful Ben Affleck movie). Deknight and Cox sat down recently for an interview alongside head of Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb to discuss the show and the characters of Daredevil.
Talking with EW, Deknight revealed that the show will focus on the titular character and the main antagonist Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin, portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio. Deknight explained that Fisk’s character development will be a mainstay throughout the show and will focus on Fisk’s relationship with his wife and how that came about. Check out Deknight’s quote below:
“Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money.’ In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love – our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him. I think Vincent just brings such depth to it, his performance is just astounding.”
Loab pitched in and said the story will be as much about the rise of the hero, as much as it will about the villain, so we can expect to see a fully fleshed out villainous performance by D’Onofrio – and anyone who has seen his performance in D.J. Caruso’s under rated The Salton Sea, will know that D’Onofrio can play one hell of a villain, and as for dark and menacing? …just go watch a little know film directed by Stanley Kubrick titled Full Metal Jacket.
Marvel have a great track record in regards to critical acclaim and fan reception when it comes to their cinematic endeavors, however, one of the main criticisms has always centered on the underdeveloped antagonists. One film in particular to take a hit for this was Thor: The Dark World, with many complaints based on the underdevelopment of the Dark Elves, so it’s promising that DeKnight is already on the ball to avoid any similar criticisms with Daredevil.
When asked whether other comic book villains would appear in the series Deknight seems to have went back on emphatic claims made previously that Bullseye would not be making an appearance in the series, saying that “it’s not not to say he wouldn’t be in the series at some point.” DeKnight has a good reason for excluding Bullseye though, as he doesn’t want to rehash the story that we were previously tortured with in the last big screen outing, when Colin Farrell played the role of Murdock’s main adversary (sounds good enough reason to me).
Commenting on Daredevil’s title as the “man without fear,” Cox explained that this would have a less literal meaning in the Netflix series as a man without fear would leave very little room for character development as he would have no weaknesses. Cox stated that without a sense of fear, the character would be far less compelling to watch, as there would be very little development. Here is what Cox had to say on the titular hero:
“Someone who does not have fear – literally does not experience fear – is not that interesting. The way I like to think about it is that he is a man with fear, but he on a daily basis decides to confront that fear and to overcome it. So the title of ‘the man without fear’ is almost a title that the public in his world gives him just because of what he does. But inside himself, he’s very afraid at times. And he finds a way to confront those fears and punch through it.”
Marvel has become the clear winner so far when it comes to their cinematic blockbuster affair, and their winning streak looks set to continue. Thusly, it looks like the their television shows are going to be far more character orientated (not to say there is lack of that in the cinematic world). With television – and especially Netflix – there is more time to build character development as well as combining it with the action set pieces; there is just slightly more of an advantage on that side of things. With DeKnight explaining that Murdock and Fisk will be at the center of the first season, this is certainly music to my ears. Hopefully you will all agree.
Do you like the sound of DeKnight’s hero/villain equilibrium? Also, are you looking forward to the show?
Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in 2015.
Via – ScreenRant