Whether you’re a fan of their output or not, there’s no denying that Marvel Studios’ ambition is impressive. They seem to really be swinging for the fences by kicking off the Civil War storyline in Captain America 3, and while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t the slam dunk many were expecting from the studio’s first foray into television, their subsequent TV offerings promise to at least move into different territory. The upcoming ABC series Agent Carter has a period setting and is essentially a prequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel’s Daredevil Netflix show will kick off a mini Marvel universe on the small screen.
We recently got our first look at Daredevil star Charlie Cox as the titular superhero, and now the actor has spoken a bit more about the Netflix series, saying it’s significantly darker than anything Marvel has done before. Read on after the jump.
Speaking with Heat Vision, Cox spoke a bit about his preparation for Daredevil and how the show differs from the rest of Marvel’s output:
“I’ve read comics after comics after comics — I’ve never read so many comics in my life, and we’re finding moments from the comics to reference in the show. We’re trying to make a show that’s new and much, much darker than anything I’ve ever seen Marvel do before.”
When pressed as to what makes Daredevil so dark, Cox said it’s the nature of the character:
“The concept that he can’t stop. He’s going out and he’s taking the law into his own hands, and he doesn’t know if he can stop. He might be addicted to it.”
While I’m intrigued by the notion of Marvel doing 13-episode seasons on Netflix and I certainly like the casting of Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, I’m still disappointed that original showrunner Drew Goddard left the show. Jeph Loeb—the head of Marvel TV—is still overseeing things from the studio end, which isn’t particularly promising, but my hope is that Daredevil and the series of Netflix shows are given the creative freedom to stretch as opposed to being streamlined to fit into the same tone and mold as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Daredevil will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2015.