Easily one of the most anticipated shows of 2015 is the Marvel/Netflix collaboration featuring the Man Without Fear, Daredevil.
Details have slowly been trickled about the series, and what it will both be about, and where it takes place in the larger Marvel universe. Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb recently chatted about the series, and talked about what fans can expect on multiple levels. Such as…where does Daredevil happen in the scope of the MCU?
“It does take place in the Marvel cinematic universe,” says Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television ““It’s all connected. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that we would look up in the sky and see [Iron Man]. It’s just a different part of New York that we have not yet seen in the Marvel movies… Within the Marvel universe there are thousands of heroes of all shapes and sizes, but the Avengers are here to save the universe and Daredevil is here to save the neighborhood… There aren’t going to be people flying through the sky. There are no magic hammers.””
Then there’s questions about what the season will be about. It’s already confirmed that Bullseye (arguably Daredevil’s biggest nemesis) will not be in this season. Rather though, the season will apparently focus on the rise of Daredevil and the Kingpin, Wilson Fisk.
“Fisk has very many different aspects so it’s not all, ‘I want to conquer the city and make a lot of money,’” DeKnight continues. “In our story, we tell the story of how he met his wife Vanessa and how they fell in love — our antagonist actually has a love story. That’s the love story you’re following, the one you’re invested in, and seeing how that affects him and changes him… We really wanted to take our cue from [films like] ‘The French Connection,’ ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ ‘Taxi Driver,’ and make it very, very grounded, very gritty, very real. We always say we would rather lean toward The Wire than what’s considered a classic superhero television show.”
Finally, it’s well known that some characters, like Daredevil or Punisher, are more violent than other Marvel heroes. So does that mean the show will be the grittiest, most violent, Marvel property yet? In a word? No.
“When I came onto this there was no way I wanted to make this hard-R or NC-17,” he says. “I don’t think the material warrants that. It is a little grittier and edgier than Marvel has gone before, but we’re not looking to push it to extreme graphic violence, gratuitous nudity or anything like that. The story does not require that and I think would suffer if you pushed it that far.”
Daredevil is set to arrive on Netflix in 2015.