The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding to Netflix this spring, and this phase of the franchise's continued growth begins with Daredevil - the first of several high profile Marvel Comics characters leading their own series on the network. Just as Disney and Marvel TV bolster their primetime television offerings with Agent Carter filling the midseason gap of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, they're also deep into development on their long-term Netflix deal which will see four different character-centric series debut, followed by a Defenders miniseries which teams them (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) all together.
And all of these stories take place in the same world as The Avengers and other live-action Marvel Studios productions. Daredevil finished shooting in December and will debut on Netflix in April. Since it's only a matter of weeks until the entire season releases, ready for binge viewing, Marvel is finally ready to reveal Daredevil to the public with its first official trailer.
The first photos and New York Comic-Con footage showcased Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) suited up in his first, ninja-inspired duds, and the brief teaser yesterday gave us another look just before the character entered a brawl. Fans should expect a darker crime drama from this take on the character, with lots of inspiration taken from Frank Miller's "The Man Without Fear" Marvel Comics run. We've loved what we've seen, and this trailer absolutely nails what fans of Daredevil want to see adapted.
Marvel Entertainment only reacquired the live-action rights to the Daredevil character in recent years after previous holder Twentieth Century Fox let the contract expire after failing to reboot the franchise and instead choosing to focus on the Fantastic Four and X-Men. Now that Daredevil is back 'home', he'll join forces with other fan-favorite heroes to protect Hell's Kitchen.
The next series on the docket is AKA Jessica Jones, which has almost finished casting and is expected to debut on Netflix late this year. Jones will be played by Krysten Ritter and Luke Cage will be played by Mike Colter. Expect Cage's own series to release in 2016, hopefully alongside Iron Fist who's yet to be cast. And after the street level heroes team up as The Defenders, some of them could even show up in the movies as members of The Avengers...
Official Daredevil synopsis:
"Marvel's Daredevil" is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.
The 90-second Daredevil trailer teases what may be the darkest and most adult offering Marvel Studios/Marvel TV has made yet and lends credence to the idea that they can absolutely keep down this path and eventually develop other, more edgy characters, such as Blade, Punisher, Moon Knight and Ghost Rider. Share your thoughts on Marvel's newest live-action hero in the comments!
Daredevil premieres on Netflix in April 10, 2015.