Though your personal mileage may vary, part of the fun in watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe come together is in seeing just how their myriad projects tie into each other, in ways both big and small. And we don’t even have to wait until the Netflix premiere of Daredevil to hear a few familiar names being tossed out. Check out the new TV spot below.
There at the beginning of the trailer, we have Toby Leonard Moore’s Wesley Welch – the right hand hooligan of Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk – berating his criminal underlings for not being able to take down Daredevil, whom they clearly haven’t figured out just yet. (If they ever do.) Welch could obviously understand why they’d be having trouble if he had “an iron suit or a magic hammer,” instead of just a mask. But they’ll soon understand that Daredevil doesn’t need Iron Man’s extreme tech or Thor’s otherworldly tools to kick some major villain asses. All he needs are his four senses…and then some.
The promo also tells us to “Witness the Rise of the First Defender,” a reminder that he’s at the head of Marvel’s slate of Netflix exclusives. We’ll later see A.K.A. Jessica Jones hitting the streaming service, followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist. This quartet of adult-oriented action dramas will culminate in the miniseries The Defenders in a few years, so now’s as good a time as any to get the “Defenders” name familiar to anyone interested. Gotta keep that brand awareness up so that even someone as blind as Matt Murdock can understand.
But even if we’re not looking outward to other areas of the MCU, this preview still has a lot going for it in getting us extremely excited for the debut. Even as dark as it is, there’s still a bit of humor here, especially when Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple tells Murdock that his bare-bones black costume “kind of sucks,” and he says it’s a work in progress. Something that creator Steven DeKnight and the show’s marketing campaign have been very good at is keeping the iconic red costume away from viewers ahead of the premiere. At this point, nobody but those on the inside know what it looks like, and it’s not entirely clear when he’ll get it all together, though it definitely doesn’t happen in the first five episodes.
Plus, we get to see some of the show’s stunt-filled fights, even if they’re only seen in glimpses. I can’t wait to see how Murdock’s fight skills are displayed through his altered vision, even if he’s the one taking the beating part of the time.
There are only four more days to wait until all 13 episodes of Daredevil Season 1 hit Netflix. Instead of twiddling your thumbs in anticipation – does anyone do that anymore? – go and check out these super dark trailers and read our glowing review.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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