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#9. Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1


Live-Action Television Series

Release Date

April 10, 2015


Directors: Phil Abraham, Adam Kane, Ken Girotti, Farren Blackburn, Guy Ferland, Brad Turner, Stephen Surjik, Nelson McCormick, Nick Gomez, Euros Lyn, Stephen S. DeKnight

Writers: Drew Goddard, Marco Ramirez, Joe Pokaski, Luke Kalteux, Douglas Petrie, Steven S. DeKnight, Christos Gage, Ruth Fletcher Gage

Creator: Drew Goddard

Cast: Charlie Cox as Matt Murcock / Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Toby Leonard Moore as James Wesley, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Urich, Bob Gunton as Leland Owlsley, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk / Kingpin

The Reason It’s Great

Creator Drew Goddard brings the Man Without Fear into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Season 1 of Marvel’s Daredevil. The dark street-level series was the first of many Marvel/Netflix shows that would eventually have its characters combine for the upcoming team-up series The Defenders.

As a child, Matt Murdock was blinded after he saved a man from a truck carrying toxic chemicals. Though he lost his sight, Matt’s others senses heightened to superhuman levels. Years later, after the murder of his father, Matt fights crime on two fronts: as an attorney in the courtrom; and as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen in the streets.

Matt’s fight to save Hell’s Kitchen leads him to investigate a mysterious figure. He later learns that it’s Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin. With the help of his friends—Foggy Nelson and Karen Page—Matt tries to bring Fisk to justice.

The story arc for Marvel’s Daredevil Season 1 gave audiences a phenomenal introduction to the Man Without Fear. The strong script and superb acting were aided by high-octane fight choreography, which cemented this thirteen-episode arc as one of the greatest superhero stories.