What started with the grounded world of Daredevil season one has become a breeding ground for comic book insanity. Bottomless pits at construction sites. Immortal villains. Magic superhero monks. All that and more is back to challenge our favorite street-level heroes in The Defenders.
Jessica Jones isn’t much like any superhero you’ve ever met. Sure, she’s a heavy drinker like Iron Man, and throws grown men as though they were plush dolls like the Hulk. But the thing that really sets her apart is that she’s got to be the biggest jerk of a protagonist that I’ve ever seen on screen.
She’s also arguably the most selfless hero Marvel has ever put on screen.
Daredevil is a popular Marvel superhero for many reasons. He’s blind, yet able to turn his disability into an advantage. He’s got a cool costume (as long as we forget about the yellow). Almost paradoxically, he’s a lawyer that takes the law into his own hands. These are all things that make Daredevil compelling, whether it be as an interesting character study or because we personally identify with some aspect of his story. The thing I find most compelling and accessible about Matt Murdock, however, is not disability or his all-but-lost neighborhood, but the struggles of his faith.
It’s been awhile since I’ve done a nerd movie update, so this time I’m combining it with some news going around from other movies. Not all of this will necessarily be news to everybody, but it’s still some pretty cool stuff.
I said just a few weeks ago after watching the CW’s Arrow that television has a lot more potential as a medium for comic book characters than movies. Apparently somebody was listening, because four Marvel characters, including Daredevil, are getting their own Netflix-exclusive shows.