After months of anticipation, Marvel Entertainment and Netflix have released the first look at their joint TV venture, "Daredevil." The first trailer for the series, which will bring four new superheroes to life on the screen screen, reveals that the program is a decidedly darker playground than Marvel has previously played on.
The teaser opens with Matt Murdock (Charlier Cox) going into confession with a priest seeking forgiveness not for what he’s done, but for what he’s about to do. Despite his ostentatious costume in the Marvel comics, many forget that the character is deeply rooted in religion and often struggles with the morality of being a superhero -- especially when that means having to do bad things for a good reason. Speaking on the comedy podcast “How Did This Get Made,” acclaimed comic-book writer Ed Brubaker jokingly referred to the character (that he once wrote for) as being the “Catholic guilt superhero.” Almost right out of the box it seems that the Netflix series will draw heavily from this theme.
But the "Daredevil" trailer didn’t stop there. While Marvel fans have been treated to several images of Charlie Cox as both Matt Murdock and Daredevil, the minute-and-a-half teaser also gave viewers their first look at Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Stick (Scott Glenn) and a behind-the-back shot of The Kingpin (Vinent D’Onofrio).
Another big takeaway from the trailer, other than how dark it is, is its apparent emphasis on showing Matt Murdock as a human being rather than a superhero. He’s yet to be seen in his final iteration of the “Daredevil” costume (assuming there will be one). In the trailer he’s got on what is clearly a disguise designed to look like something anyone could throw together from home. The character appears battered a bruised in most shots. The trailer even concludes with a beautiful image of Murdock spitting out bright red blood into a gray rainy puddle. He struggles to get his torn up body out of bed and even breaths heavy after tossing a man out of a window.
Marvel and Netflix always sold this show as the thing that will give fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which includes ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter”) a peak at street-level superheroes that don’t necessarily operate on the same grand stage as, say, Ironman or Captain America. This seems to be another theme coming to the first of Netflix’s superhero miniseries.
“Daredevil” will premiere with a series of five 13-episode shows. The next one, expected to come later in 2015, will be “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” starring Krysten Ritter and David Tennant. Following that will be “Luke Cage” and then “Iron Fist.” The low-level heroes will all come together in a “The Defenders” miniseries. Each show will be released all at once on Netflix staring with Daredevil on April 10. While you wait, check out the first trailer below: