Marvel and Netflix have gifted fans with the first full-length trailer for “Daredevil” one month ahead of the TV series' premiere. While a previously released teaser trailer put actor Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock front and center, the dark and gritty new trailer focuses more on Daredevil’s friends and enemies.
On April 10, Marvel and Netflix will launch the 13-episode series about the blind defender of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. While Daredevil's superhuman radar and really awesome ninja outfit are enough to draw fans into the series, everyone knows that a hero is only as good as the villains her or she must battle. Below are some of the coolest moments from the new “Daredevil” trailer.
The Kingpin Is Crazy
There was a time when Netflix was keeping Vincent D’Onofrio's portrayal of Wilson Fisk under wraps. The teaser trailer only showed him with his back turned. Now, he’s clearly seen beating some unfortunate man to a pulp at the opening of the trailer. Fisk is a strange and powerful man in the comic books. The leader of a crime syndicate, he spends his time trying to figure out how to make heroes like Daredevil abandon their task, face reality and succumb to the evil in the world. Although it’s too soon to really tell if D’Onofrio’s performance in the trailer is a clue at what we can expect from the show, prepare for a creepy and dangerous antagonist for Matt Murdock to battle.
We Have An Origin Story
It was no secret the show would have to explain how Matt Murdock went from normal boy to blind superhero. So it's fun seeing a young Matt (Skylar Gaertner) in the trailer. The teaser even gives us a glimpse of the chemical accident that costs the character his sight. However, what’s most important about this sneak peek is the inclusion of Scott Glenn as Stick. In the comics, Stick is a blind sensei who teaches Murdock to harness his abilities and fight without sight. Just like that, the trailer covers both how the hero went blind and how he became the fists of fury that can take on Hell’s Kitchen’s worst criminals.
The Love Interest?
The trailer gives fans their first look at Murdock’s love interest, Karen Page, played by “True Blood” star Deborah Ann Woll. According to Karen's voice-over in the video, she’s kind of over the desolate crime-riddled town and is looking for an escape. As CinemaBlend points out, the comic books feature a love triangle between Murdock, Page and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson). It’s unclear if the same romantic entanglement will be featured in the TV show, but it does look like the trio of friends will be a big part of Murdock’s life.
OK, we’ve seen a lot of footage and still images of Murdock beating the snot out of low-level bad guys. However, it looks like the Netflix series won’t be all about thugs getting what they deserve. In the above still, some kind of equally talented martial artist is kicking Daredevil in the chest. Perhaps fans can look forward to insane supervillains squaring off with our blind hero. It’s unclear exactly who Daredevil is fighting in this scene, but comic fans likely have a few theories.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-In
Marvel announced early on that it would be making its upcoming Netflix shows (“Daredevil,” “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders”) take place within its larger cinematic universe of movies. This includes “The Avengers” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” However, fans hadn’t been clued in to how the show will tie in to its larger world. While the trailer doesn’t reveal many details about how Tony Stark and Captain America will affect Daredevil, the character Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore) mentions Thor’s hammer and Iron Man’s suit. While a crossover is probably out of the question, it’s nice to see the show not shy away from its origins.
The 13 episodes of the first season of “Daredevil” will be released on Netflix on April 10. The next show in the series, “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” will arrive soon after.