Why is Netflix & Marvels Daredevils such a success

Published On May 7, 2015 » 571 Views» By Darren Dimmick » Headlines, News, TV

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The Marvel/Netlfix co production Daredevil has received a season 2 ,renewal but why is the series such a success.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is undoubtedly a hit. It not only carved out a niche in the suddenly crowded landscape of superhero/comic book TV adaptations, the series shouldered its way to the top of the heap. With only one season and 13 episodes under its belt, “Marvel’s Daredevil” is arguably the best superhero TV series available, outranking both its Marvel brethren and any of the myriad, and high quality, offerings from DC Comics. More importantly, the series expands the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe in the most intriguing way to date. The New York City, and more specifically Hell’s Kitchen, of “Marvel’s Daredevil” is a far darker and more brutal place than anything we’ve seen in the Marvel Universe thus far. And Daredevil is unlike any other Marvel hero to date – he’s flawed, tragic, and most importantly deeply human. So, what set “Marvel’s Daredevil” apart from recent deluge of comic book properties? Let’s take a look:

Great Performances

We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first – “Marvel’s Daredevil” featured great performances across the board. Charlie Cox not only looks as though he stepped out of a comic book panel, he perfectly captured the essence of Matt Murdock/Daredevil from the outward sheen of charming arrogance to the guilt and inner turmoil driving the character and his violent crusade. The same can be said for Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk (more on this later). The supporting cast was also full of outstanding performances, from Deborah Ann Woll to Rosario Dawson to Elden Henson, the cast had charm and more importantly chemistry.

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A Perfect Villain

Speaking of great performances – if there is one thing lacking in the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe it is engaging villains. Beyond fan favorite Loki, MCU villains chiefly exist to fill a single, one-note role. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk now easily stands alongside Heath Ledger’s Joker and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki as one of the most captivating comic book villains ever brought to the screen. He’s a towering, nuanced and fearsome presence driven by a seething and barely contained rage and that’s evident in every facet of D’Onofrio’s portrayal – from his body language to the self conscious way that he constantly adjusts his cuff links. Even his voice has a choked, strained quality as if Fisk is in a constant struggle to maintain self-control. Wilson Fisk is a threat to be certain, but we understand his motivations and crucially, we sympathize with him.

Patience

“Marvel’s Daredevil” truly excelled with its patient approach to storytelling. The series took time to establish not only characters, but dynamics and relationships. For all the credit given to the brutal fight scenes (and it is well deserved credit, that hallway fight was masterful), there was equal, if not more, screen time allotted to the quieter moments – Foggy and Karen’s developing friendship, Fisk’s courtship of Vanessa, or Ben Urich’s devotion to his wife. However, “Daredevil” was at its best exploring and developing the relationship between the titular hero and Wilson Fisk. Daredevil and Fisk were not diametrically opposed adversaries, but two complicated individuals unified in their goal (saving Hell’s Kitchen) but utterly at odds in their means to achieve that goal. The subtle parallels of their relationship made their inevitable climactic confrontation all the more enthralling.

Serialized Format

The greatest strength of “Marvel’s Daredevil”, and what sets it apart from the competition, is the serialized format. Unlike its broadcast television counterparts, Netflix produces content with binge viewing in mind – the format encourages it. Because of the nature of TV ratings and advertising, networks are understandably cautious with heavily serialized content. After all a serialized story requires a viewer to watch from the very beginning of the series rather being able to jump in at virtually any point. By default nearly all of the current crop of comic book TV adaptations are built around a “villain of the week” format. And while that can certainly make for some great TV, it simply can’t create the sort of tension and impact that “Marvel’s Daredevil” developed over the course of its 13 episodes. We understood the reach of Wilson Fisk because he was the central antagonist throughout the entire first season. Literally every obstacle in Daredevil’s path is either connected to or created by Wilson Fisk. Each episode built on the last in meaningful and compelling ways and drove the narrative toward its inexorable conclusion with absolute focus.

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