Top things to remember from Netflix ” Daredevil ‘

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home]

In the week leading up to Christmas, Marvel gave longtime fans an early Christmas present. With one or two punch off Hawkeye‘s penultimate episode and the long awaited release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel had apparently integrated its Netflix universe with the actual MCU cinematic universe. IN Hawkeye, eagle-eyed fans – pun intended – were already aware of Easter eggs and hints of the return of some big bad from Netflix’s vovehals, from Maya Lopez’s (Alaqua Cox) “uncle” outside the screen of the Fat Man Auto company that houses the Tracksuit mafia. In marketing and trailers for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the return of Spider-Man’s former gallery of scoundrels – Doc Ock (Alfred Molina), Elektro (Jaime Foxx), and the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) – hinted at the return of previous iterations of the web-slinging hero as well as other heroes from the Marvel multiverse. Finally, much of the speculation has been confirmed, but for anyone not caught up in all that Marvel has to say, the reintroduction of Wilson Fish, aka Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), and Matt Murdock, alias Daredevil (Charlie Cox), into the MCU may need an explanation.

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Daredevil is coming to Netflix


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While the 2003s vovehals marked the first live-action adaptation of Devil of Hell’s Kitchen (Ben Affleck) and Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan) – and ironically, Foggy Nelson was played by Jon favreau reappearing in No way home as Happy Hogan – Netflix’s vovehals was intended to set in motion a darker, more violently interconnected Marvel universe on the Netflix streaming service starring Charlie Cox, who repeats the role in No way home, as the titular blind superhero and Vincent D’Onofrio as his gangster nemesis, who is also the main villain in Hawkeye. Coming off the heels of The Avengerssuccess in 2012, vovehals was a separate attempt to exploit Marvel’s interconnection – the second attempt was the ABC series Agents from SHIELD. But on the contrary Agents from SHIELD had a direct connection to the MCU through its lead, resurrected agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), vovehals did not do. Instead, the Netflix show and subsequent series such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron fist, and The defenders made indirect references to the events of the Battle of New York and the man with “an iron suit” and the god with “a magic hammer”. While vovehals‘s relationship with the MCU cannon remained murky, allowing for more creative freedom to separate the show from the light-hearted PG-13 movies on the big screen.


As a child, Matt was caught in a car accident and pushed an old man out of the way to save his life. But Matt somehow fell to the ground and his eyes were hit by a splash of toxic chemicals from a truck. When his father finally finds him, Matt discovers that he is blind – but he later discovers that his hearing, intuition and reflexes have been drastically improved. While this tells of the origins of his powers, Matt’s relationship with his father, or lack thereof, will define his overall heroism.

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Origin stories


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As a child, Matt was caught in a car accident and pushed an old man out of the way to save his life. During the chaos, Matt’s eyes are hit by a splash of toxic chemicals from a truck. Matt is blinded, but later discovers that his hearing, intuition and reflexes have been drastically improved.


Like most superheroes as children, Matt loses his father, Jack Murdock, (John Patrick Hayden), at a young age, and his relationship with his father, or lack thereof, will define his overall heroism. When Jack Murdock wins a boxing match he was to lose, all to make his son proud, he is murdered by the corrupt boxing promoter who set up the regular fight. Matt is placed in Saint Agnes’ orphanage, where a blind man walking past Stick (Scott Glenn) adopts him and eventually trains him in martial arts in the hope that Matt will one day help him fight the villain organization known as The Hand. But when Matt becomes too attached to Stick and seeks out a father figure, the old man leaves him. They reunite decades later, after Matt grows up, goes to college and becomes friends with Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), with whom he starts a law firm.


On the flip side, New York’s Kingpin had his own tragic background story that, like Matt Murdock’s background story, involves a full-blown relationship with his father. When his father ran and lost a campaign for city council, young Wilson Fish was repeatedly abused along with his mother by his father. Eventually, Wilson killed his father with a hammer in the head, and began Kingpin’s long history of violence. Seeing where his father had failed to take power as a city council member, Fisk sought to watch over New York through crime. By funneling drugs, money and even people through human trafficking, Fisk made various partnerships with other crime bosses and villains, such as Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) and Nobu (Peter Shinkoda). In another loose connection to the MCU, the amount of property damage after the Battle of New York left an opportunity for Kingpin to earn on real estate. But since his appearance in Hawkeye, this loose connection is made even more canonical, especially with Fisk’s dealings with the wealthy Derek (Brian d’Arcy James) and Eleanor Bishop (Vera Farmiga). In an interview with Collider, D’Onofrio states: “I continue the same man who was in the series a few years ago, in vovehals. In his emotional life, he operates through the pain of his childhood. That’s how he works, and he still does. “


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Daredevil and Kingpin, arch-enemies


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Much of the story between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fish is about New York City. Matt, with his friends Foggy Nelson and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), hopes to inspire the city by tackling crime through the eyes of the law. They have shaky alliances with Detective Brett Mahoney (Royce Johnson), journalist Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall), and nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). But Fisk has its own allies, such as the crooked financial adviser Leland Owlsley (Bob Gunton), and even more money to pay various officers, FBI agents, judges and juries. Fish also has her own intimate relationship with an art curator, Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zürer), which embraces Fisk’s drive and motivation. Where the law fails to implicate Fish and his criminal network, Matt Murdock steps in as Daredevil, removes various criminal operations and gathers evidence so police and the press can stand up to Kingpin.


In Season 1, Murdock and his team eventually build a strong enough case against Fish and his crumbling empire. While Vanessa is able to escape federal agents, Fish is apprehended by Daredevil and taken into custody. In Season 3, Fisk is released from prison after entering into an agreement with the FBI to expose other cases of crime and corruption. In return, Fisk is reunited with Vanessa, and together they are put in a “safe house”, which is more of a penthouse in a fancy hotel. Matt, Karen and Foggy have even more of a challenge on their hands, especially with Kingpin’s new ally in FBI agent Dex Poindexter becoming Bullseye assassin (Wilson Bethel), who dresses up as Daredevil to hit him. In a climax last battle between Daredevil, Bullseye and Kingpin, Devil of Hell’s Kitchen defeats its enemies. In a final warning to Wilson Fisk, Matt Murdock threatens to expose Fisk’s now-wife Vanessa as a criminal and murderer if Fisk does not surrender and promises to stay away from Karen Page and Foggy Nelson. Love turns out to be the seemingly impenetrable downfall of Kingpins. Matt and his friends continue their work and commitment to justice, forming the law firm of Nelson, Murdock and Page.


While there are various stories that make Netflix’s vovehals a worth seeing – such as the introduction of Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Elodie Yung |) in season 2 – the backbone of the show was really the rivalry between Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, and it’s great to see MCU finally bring these two into the fold. Who knows where else we will see these two in other MCU projects?


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