If you needed another reason to love Marvel Studios–besides their awesome movies–it’s probably because they’re best at translating their characters to the screen, which is why when I heard that they were preparing to launch four new series exclusively for Netflix a few months ago, I was so happy that you’d think that I was somehow profiting from it.
The characters that they are using, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist (which my fingers keep typing as ‘Iron Fish’) and Jessica Jones. And like in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, where the adventures of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk culminated in The Avengers, the characters on Netflix will meet and fight a common foe in The Defenders.
Who Is Daredevil?
Daredevil was created in 1964 by Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby and was introduced in Daredevil#1. The character came by his powers when, as a child in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. He was splashed by some radioactive substance that fell from a truck that was transporting it. He lost his sight, but gained a radar sense that acted similar to a bat’s sonar.
His father, Jack Murdock, refused to throw a fight, and was killed by mobsters. To avenge him, he created an alter ego called Daredevil, who’s known as The Man Without Fear.
It’s probably not an accident that Daredevil is in many ways very similar to Spider-Man. Stan Lee had a hand in both characters, though this time he worked with Steve Ditko. Both characters were raised by single parents–Matt Murdock by his father, while Peter Parker was brought up by his Aunt May after her husband, and his uncle, was killed. Parker was bit by a radioactive spider, and like most radioactive substances in comics, gave him powers and abilities similar to the spider that bit him.
When he let’s a thief escape, the very same thief ends up killing his Uncle Ben. Parker blamed himself for what happened, and dedicated his life to righting wrongs as Spider-Man.
Matt Murdoch was splashed in the eyes by a radioactive substance that spilled from a truck that was transporting it. He didn’t get the proportional strength of a truck, though he did gain a radar sense, similar to the sonar bats use (and bats see quite well, by the way. Their navigational technique, known as echolocation helps then to catch prey in the dark environs, or at night, that most bats prefer).
It will be interesting to see is how the makers of Daredevil will explain Daredevil’s athletic abilities, which in the comics seem on par with Spider-Man, despite being nothing more than a very athletic person with a radar sense.
Though Daredevil is similar to Spider-Man in other ways, such as some of their villains.