It’s fair to say Marvel are doing pretty well for themselves recently, with now well-established films AND Netflix/TV series being some of the most successful works to be associated with.
What I love about Marvel’s Netflix series is the potential that having numerous 50-minute episodes bring. Instead of sweeping character development that are ever present in many of the films, we get grittier more in-depth insight into the heroes on screen.
The dark side of heroism is evidently getting darker, as both Daredevil and Jessica Jones proving that crime fighting is no pretty or necessarily heroic act.They aren’t straight minded simple idealistic characters, they are quite messed up people. The murky goings on in Hell’s Kitchen demonstrates how having abilities or being a vigilante outcasts them, rather than making them celebrated heroes. Fights are bloody and brutal, that’s how it should be.
The absolute winning aspect of the Netflix series has to be the villains. I have previously swooned over the performance of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, assuming that it couldn’t be beaten. How wrong I was. David Tennant’s Kilgrave was outstanding. Threatening, deranged and so intriguing he’s possibly one of the best villains we will ever see. Kilgrave is by far more sinister than robed demi-gods, Loki being another character under-represented and arguably being overused by the film franchises. Marvel and Netflix have definitely been spot-on with decent villains, the intricacies of forming character have been created to perfection. Jon Bernthal’s Punisher has a lot to live up to.
With the latest trailer for Daredevil being recently released, there shows a lot of promise for the upcoming season. There’s a lot to look forward to, with a lot of characters to look forward to seeing again, we seem to become emotionally invested in everyone we meet.
Beyond the second season of Daredevil, more of the Defenders loom with Luke Cage and Iron Fist to be appearing in series soon before, I assume, the team of Defenders united.
Marvel has demonstrated how they can do something different. Development of heroes in the series format has been very rewarding and successful for them. They are creating a new variety of character that can thrive differently within an ever-expanding Marvel cinematic, and now TV, universe.
Daredevil returns on March 18th! Check out the trailer for season 2 here!