Six Reasons You Should Be Watching Daredevil

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1. It’s not your average Marvel Cinematic Universe fare

Go ahead and call Daredevil “dark,” “gritty” or whatever other adjectives are being thrown around to describe it. Chances are that they still sell it short.

Here’s a more precise way to describe it: Marvel has never done anything like it on TV or in the movies to date. If you ask the average fan to describe a Marvel movie, they’ll probably tell you they are heavy on action but with plenty of humor thrown in. Even the more serious MCU outings, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are lighthearted in comparison to Daredevil.

That’s not to say there aren’t funny moments, especially when Foggy Nelson is involved. It’s just that they’re used as palate cleansers instead of side dishes, something to clear your head after witnessing some brutally violent acts.

Speaking of violence, that’s another way that this series sets itself apart from everything else Marvel has done. This is about as far removed from Agents of SHIELD and its icers as it’s possible to be. Characters bleed, suffer serious injuries and lose body parts at a furious rate. I’m pretty close to allowing my kids to watch The Avengers. They’re going to have to wait a few more years before they’re ready for Daredevil.

It’s a grown-up super hero show, and if there wasn’t such a thing before, there is now.

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