Marvel Studios seized the day at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Between prop shots, incidental (but important) story and character details, first glimpses of footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, the casts of both films showing up in force, and news about a third 2018 release, Marvel gave DC a run for their money. Maybe none of this is especially surprising, given that their lifeblood flows from the pages of comics, but the breadth of fan-service Marvel provided in Hall H and beyond was impressive nonetheless.
Coming on the tail end of festivities is an update on one of their decidedly more small scale enterprises: the impending serialized reboot of Daredevil, backed by Netflix for their Instant streaming service. Most of the broad details about the show are well known - its troupe of actors is in place (ranging wide and varied, from Charlie Cox, to Vincent D'Onofrio, to Rosario Dawson, among others), showrunner Steve S. DeKnight has his hands on the reins following Drew Godard's departure, and despite the fits and starts, the New York City based production is well on track.
What hasn't been transmitted yet is a premiere date, or at least something more concrete (and much less narrow) than "sometime in 2015". No longer, though: at the very last Marvel press event of the weekend, Daredevil will hit Netflix starting in May 2015. The precise day of availability didn't come up, but knowing the month is a lot better than not knowing. If nothing else, it gives us a clearer idea of when to expect the revitalized adventures of Matt Murdock to begin anew.
Speaking at the panel, Joe Quesada - Marvel's Chief Creative Officer - pirouetted around questions about interactions between Daredevil and the other street level superheroes (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones); he only went so far as to express his excitement at the thought of these four characters teaming up for Marvel's planned Defenders miniseries - also touching base briefly on Daredevil's NYC backdrop. Sounds like he had a lot to say about the nuts and bolts of the show, but little and less that actually ties back to new details on what to expect from it.
Maybe that's okay, though; just having a time frame for when Daredevil will be in the can and ready to go is pretty exciting, especially given how much emphasis Marvel is putting on their bevy of hush-hush future projects. The effort they're putting into their theatrical endeavors is striking enough on its own, so much so that it's easy to forget about their ventures into uncharted waters by streaming original content. Official word on their fledgling attempt at bringing their brand to new platforms might seem slight, but it's a reminder of the studio's expanding ambitions.
With about ten months left until Daredevil vaults its way onto our Instant recommendations pages, and with filming just beginning to get underway, there's not much else that Marvel possibly could offer to satiate fan anticipation. But now there's an end goal in sight, and that beats being left in the dark.
Daredevil will become available on Netflix Instant in May 2015.