Marvel's Daredevil coming to kick butt on a screen near you
THE Marvel universe is set to get a lot bigger this month.
Alongside the release of the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, the first of Netflix's four Marvel TV series debuts tomorrow.
Marvel's Daredevil stars Charlie Cox as the blind vigilante who uses his other heightened senses to fight crime in his local neighbourhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City.
Rather than possessing true superpowers or demigod status, Matt Murdoch is a defense lawyer by day and crime fighter by night.
"When I was a kid and I pretended to be a superhero, one of the cool things was that it was special… you had something that nobody else had, which was this gift or power," Cox tells APN.
"Although I love the worlds of The Avengers where the superheroes are all known and registered and talked about and understood, I also love the world (of Daredevil) where it's secretive and there's a sense of same around it and fear and maybe a bit of cynicism."
Daredevil is the first look at Netflix's partnership with Marvel Studios for four live-action series. It will be followed by Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel's Iron Fist and Marvel's Luke Cage, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel's The Defenders.
There is also cross-over with the blockbuster Marvel films. The destruction of a large swath of New York City from the events of The Avengers film creates opportunities for the ruthless developers and criminals who threaten to destroy the history and culture of Hell's Kitchen Daredevil tries to defend.
"When he's alone or with people who know about him his eyes don't work but he's still seeing," Cox says.
"But of course he has to maintain the illusion that he's a regular blind person."
The Daredevil character was last portrayed by Ben Affleck on the big screen more than a decade ago.
Matt Murdoch's latest reincarnation is more realistic. He is a street hero but is by no means physically or morally superior to many of the criminals he fights.
"Because he's a superhero who doesn't have a superpower they really wanted to ground the show and particularly the action sequences in reality and keep it very gritty," Cox says.
"When we meet Matt he's just beginning this vigilante activity.
"So although he is an accomplished fighter from his training…I didn't have to be incredibly skilled to do a lot of the stunts."
Elden Henson (The Mighty Ducks, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) plays Murdoch's law partner Foggy Nelson while Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) plays their first client-turned-secretary Karen Page.
"Matt is an orphan, we don't know a lot about Foggy's past but he doesn't seem to have much of a family and neither does Karen so I think this in this little office they need each other," Woll tells APN.
"And they need that lightness to remind each other that it's not always so dark."
The series also stars Vincent D'Onofrio as shadowy businessman Wilson Fisk and Rosario Dawson also stars as nurse Claire Temple who comes to Daredevil's aid.
Marvel's Daredevil premieres on Netflix Australia tomorrow.