Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series Takes Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Will Tell “Street-Level” Superhero Stories

     April 28, 2014


Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into the television world, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been struggling to find its footing, their next television effort has a considerable amount of promise.  Instead of another network series, Marvel is moving ahead with four separate Netflix series, all of which will culminate in a limited The Defenders run.  Though we’ll be getting to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist Netflix shows in the coming years, the first one out of the gate is Daredevil.  Moreover, it has The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director and self-identifying Daredevil superfan Drew Goddard at the helm as showrunner, writer, and director.

With production on Daredevil looking to get underway in New York City this summer, Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada recently spoke a bit about the Daredevil Netflix show, confirming it will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and discussing how it will differ from Marvel’s feature efforts.  Read on after the jump.

daredevil-avengers-marvelWhile appearing on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast (via, Quesada confirmed that Daredevil will take place within the same Marvel universe as the films:

“There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.”

Though this is a bit of a no-brainer, it does have potentially major implications for the future.  If Daredevil exists in the same universe as the Iron Man and Captain America film franchises, it’s possible that the character could eventually crossover into a new, rebooted film series with his origin already complete via the Daredevil Netflix show.  Which brings us to the all-important question of who will inhabit the role of Matt Murdock:

“The scripts are coming in. They are pretty fantastic. They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original. But at the same time, it is Daredevil. It is Matt Murdock. We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it.”

Whoever signs on to play Daredevil in the standalone Netflix series as well as the Defenders miniseries will probably also have an option in his contract to appear in feature films.  So when Marvel does announce who will be playing Daredevil in the Netflix show, keep in mind that this could also possibly be our new Daredevil on the big screen.

daredevil-kingpin-comicThough Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is very much a network TV show complete with network-style procedural episodes and commercial break-influenced act structure, Quesada seems to imply that the Netflix shows will be a bit different:

“Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.”

Quesada was mum on who the villain of the show would be, but he did confirm that Daredevil will follow the Netflix Original Series structure of releasing all of the episodes at once.  If all goes according to plan, we’ll be binge-watching the new Daredevil sometime next year.