May 28, 2014

Marvel's Netflix/TV Universe Has A Bright Future, And They Are Looking To Get Off To A Good Start Quickly...


So even though this was a tough week for Marvel's cinematic wing (they lost Edgar Wright as a director of 'Ant Man'), things are certainly looking up for the Netflix/TV division and are looking quite promising. The first season of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in the books and although the show started slow it did a fantastic job of meshing the cinematic and TV universes mid-season with Cap 2 (which came out smack in the middle of the season. It was done flawlessly. Now there are rumors of the 'Peggy Carter, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' spin-off, period show (set back in the 40s and 50s) and the Netflix series that are finally getting cast ...and wow, Marvel doesn't seem to be playing around! First up... 'Daredevil'! We got our Matt Murdock, and also a show runner.

Click after the jump for more info....


First up, lets talk about the man behind the mask. Charlie Cox has been tapped to don the red suit and baton and I, for one, couldn't be happier. Cox is most recognizable recently for his turn on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' as a rough and tumble Irish gangster. But the role that will forever define Cox for me has to be his role in 'Stardust' as Tristan Thorn. 'Stardust' is one of my cult classic films... it is a great version of Neil Gaiman's book, that is often much maligned for changes that were made to it but, the funny part about that is that the changes to the book for the film were made by Gaiman himself... he was the writer of the movie!!! Cox soared as the lead in the film, and his charisma and charm make him a great choice for Daredevil. He was also really good with the physical and fighting aspects of his role in 'Stardust', so I can't wait to see him bouncing around as the Man With No Fear.


Some other exciting news comes from the other side of the camera... the guys behind the scenes making this show happen. Marvel has hired Stephen S. DeKnight as the show runner. DeKnight is famous for his work in the Whedon-vesre ('Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Angel', etc)... but his most recent success is with the Starz sleeper hit 'Spartacus'. 'Spartacus' was a very fun show that pushed the boundaries of violence and made Starz a relevant player in the cable TV show wars. I like the choice, and connecting him with writer Drew Goddard ('Cabin In The Woods' director and writer, frequent co-contributor of Joss Whedon) who is penning at least the first two shows. The team is all coming together, and it is shaping up nicely...

Does this guy look like he is fucking around? I don't think so...
The final bit of encouraging news is that 'Daredevil' will be set in the current time period. There were talks that it would be set in the gritty 60s/70s in NYC, and that the other planned Netflix shows (featuring Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders) would also be set in that time too. Now it seems that 'Daredevil' and the other plethora of heroes will be set in a post "Battle of NY" environment, making them linked to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and eligible to appear in collaborative projects in the future.


'Daredevil' will be the first Netflix/Marvel collab to hit the 'net and will appear sometime in 2015 with shows for characters Luke Cage, Iron Fist Jessica Jones and The Defenders to follow. You can see the whole press release from Marvel by clicking here...   

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