Marvel’s Daredevil, oftentimes just Daredevil, is an American web series that follows the titular character, Daredevil, a vigilante desperate to set right all of the criminal wrongdoings in his hometown of Hell’s Kitchen. The series is produced by Marvel Television and originally on Netflix with the entire first season of the show premiering in entirety on April 10th of this year.
The web series is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is the same canonical world as the Avenger’s movies and characters. The series takes place shortly after the events in the last Avenger’s film, Age of Ultron, and demonstrates the struggle that everyday neighborhoods face in the wake of superheroes and their destructive combat against super villains looking to destroy Earth and all of its inhabitants. In the aftermath of the battle with Ultron, many villainous families, especially in Hell’s Kitchen, have banded together in order to form a better working, more fluid crime syndicate. Naturally, this earns them the ire of a yet-named masked vigilante, oftentimes referred to by the various criminals and thugs within the show as “The Man in Black” or “The Masked Man.”
Remaining true to its source material, the series follows the story and life of Matt Murdock who works as a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen, New York by day and a masked vigilante by night. Most interesting about the main character is that he is blind, and has been since he was a child. A terrible accident robbed him of his vision, but left him, instead, with his other senses being heightened to compensate for such a catastrophic loss.
Throughout the series, Daredevil uses these amplified abilities and senses to fight crime, locate various people in and throughout the city, and determine if someone he’s interrogating is telling the truth. As Matt Murdock, he uses these abilities similarly. In one episode in particular, he’s able to determine when one of the jurors presiding over his case has been bought off. He uses this information to release her from Kingpin’s grasp and set her free from the case. In this regard, he is very much a living, breathing lie detector, though with far better accuracy.
The series has been highly rated on multiple sites, including receiving a 9/10 on IMDb from over 100,000 viewers and critics, and a 75 (which denotes generally favorable reviews) from Metascore. Similarly, on Rotten Tomatoes, the show has received a 98% approval rating from 40 critics. The general consensus has been that “with tight adherence to its source material’s history, high production quality, and a no-nonsense dramatic flair, Daredevil excels as an effective superhero origin story, a gritty procedural, and an exciting action adventure.”
On the other hand, the series has received some flak for its seemingly disjointed layers of plot, that occur in and around Hell’s Kitchen, but don’t seem to concern one another in any form or fashion. Moreover, much of the story “feels indistinct, like disconnected chunks of a much-better-than-average cop show,” according to the New York Times’ Mike Hale, a self-proclaimed Daredevil fan who waited patiently for the show’s release.
The first season of Daredevil is available for streaming on Netflix. The second season is scheduled to premiere next year.