UPDATE: The FULL Red Costume has been revealed! See BELOW!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to enter a new world (both figuratively and literally), as Marvel Studios partners with Netflix to launch a darker, grittier, more adult-themed series in Daredevil. With all episodes of season 1 just hours away from premiering (at the time of writing this), it’s time to for one last big marketing push to show fans and general audiences why this Marvel project is worth investing in.
You can view clips from the show (centering on both character and action) below, followed by an explanation of how Daredevil connects to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and finally, Daredevil’s full-fledged red costume has been revealed.
Daredevil / Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Connection
Everything in the MCU has to connect eventually, and while the big superheroes of The Avengers have clear threads of connection between them, how the Marvel Netflix Universe (and its Defenders team) will connect to other areas of the MCU has been unclear. But today we have clear thread of connection between Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – one lifted right out of Marvel Comics.
In 2001, the comic book creative team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Batman: The Long Halloween) launched Daredevil: Yellow, a miniseries that explored the origin and early days of Daredevil’s career (in his yellow costume, hence the title). That series is just one of the famous Daredevil stories influencing the Netflix series, and since Jeph Loeb is now the head of Marvel TV, he’s naturally bringing ideas from the miniseries to screen.
One of the more famous Easter eggs in Daredevil: Yellow involves Daredevil/Matt Murdock’s father, battlin’ Jack Murdock. As a boxer, Jack Murdock mixed it up in the ring with a lot of fighters – including one Crusher Creel, the man who would go on to become the supervillain known as The Absorbing Man.
Creel appeared as his superpowered alter-ego Absorbing Man in the first few episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has established a live-action version of the character in the MCU. In an interview with IGN, Jeph Loeb confirmed that Creel’s past would follow the Daredevil: Yellow continuity, meaning that Crusher Creel will be directly connected to Jack Murdock in the Daredevil Netflix series.
According to Loeb:
“That is that story… I get to smile a little bit because I was the first one who put Crusher Creel in the fight with Jack Murdock in Daredevil: Yellow. It exists there, so it’s in the comics.
In regards to the age difference, Loeb explained, “If you look at it, there’s actually a very critical line, which is, ‘Battlin’ Jack is doing very well against amuch younger fighter.’ So the idea is, we looked at it from the point of view of, Mike Tyson was the heavyweight champion when he was 18 years old. [Brian Patrick Wade], who plays him in the show, looks like he’s in his mid-30s, so there was enough time for us to be able to say, ‘There’s no reason why that isn’t the same person.’
“The fun part is you caught it; the good news is you don’t have to. But if you’re a Marvel fan or a SHIELD fan or a Daredevil fan, you go, ‘Oh! It is all related in some way’ — or like I say, ‘#ItsAllConnected.'”
While that’s not the most direct connection between the two shows, Marvel fans have generally come to enjoy spotting Easter eggs and intersecting references or character appearances in the MCU. Whether or not we even see a fight sequence between Jack Murdock and Crusher Creel, or something even more tangential like a fight poster or verbal reference remains to be seen. Either way, should be fun for fans.
Daredevil’s Red Costume Revealed
A small image appeared online last night that seemed to depict Daredevil star Charlie Cox in the red colored costume the hero is known for. Now it’s clearly been confirmed as official, by the following tweet of a moving poster, which Netflix put out.
Debate is certainly going rage hard about the concept, look and composition of the costume. It’s definitely not the spandex red suit from the comics – but since traditional spandex has never been part of the MCU, this design is more in line with what we’ve come to expect from characters like Captain America or Hawkeye, who have both traded their comic book spandex for a more padded armor look.
Where and when the red costume will appear in the series remains to be seen: we already know that Matt Murdock starts out with the black ninja sweat suit seen in Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear miniseries. The suit will evolve over the course of the series, eventually ending with the red suit. As always, a motion poster or still image is one thing – but the real measure of the costume’s quality will be seeing it in motion onscreen.
Marvel’s Daredevil premieres all of season 1 on Netflix on Friday April 10th.