Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil follows the exploits of Matt Murdock (Cox), a blind lawyer whose other senses are superhumanly enhanced, who fights crime in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. The origin story is the first step is an expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is being positioned as a means of setting up a Defenders series down the road.
Daredevil, which airs on Netflix, was created for television by Drew Goddard. However, it is not the first time the comic character was brought to life. A film with the same title featured actor Ben Affleck for the title role in 2003 when rights to the character still belonged to 20th Century Fox. The movie received mixed reviews from critics and movie-goers, and did not do much to boost the character’s popularity outside the comic world.
In April 2013 Marviel chief, Kevin Feige, announced both the return of the rights to Marvel and the coming of the TV show. The first season of Daredevil was released On April 10, 2015 with all episodes made available on the same day. While the series is not very faithful to the comic, comic book fans are happy that Daredevil’s character is closer to its counterpart than in the movie
The show gained a lot of viewers on its first season which led to a full second season that was released on March 18, 2016. The popularity of the second season paved the way for another Marvel character, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), also known as The Punisher, to have his own TV series.
Season 2 ended with Matt witnessing the death of his love interest Elektra (Elodie Yung ). Matt has been shown contemplating the life he has been living and how it puts the people dear to him in constant danger and he is devastated. It is the most vulnerable viewers have seen him yet.
Season 3 is coming but no release date has been officially announced. In the meantime, viewers will get to see Daredevil join Iron Fist (Finn Jones), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) for Marvel’s Defenders to be released on August 18, 2017.