Attorney Matt Murdock has been one of the key Marvel players for decades now, and his alter ego Daredevil has really attracted a lot of attention both in the comics and on Netflix.
Sadly, that era may be coming to a close.
WHAT NOW FOR THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR?
The comics scripted by Charles Soule and drawn by Phil Noto (among others) have had a stellar run for three years, and it concluded this past week in #612 with “The Death of Daredevil.”
A new creative team is taking over, and I’m hopeful they can keep the character’s comic momentum going. There’s a brief break until that happens, though.
We’ve been treated to some innovative storytelling the past three years, including a crime-fighting partner who lost his sight as well. It’s been the best Marvel comic, in my opinion, so I’ll miss these guys on the Man Without Fear. It’s also been fun to see an attorney write Daredevil since Matt Murdock is one as well.
Now, I’ve read Daredevil for years now, including the Frank Miller run. I even read it way back in the beginning when his costume was yellow and red instead of only red. I still like that costume best, by the way.
He’s also had a black and red kind-of armor that never quite took. I mean, I get it when heroes want that level of protection instead of just spandex.
I mean, I understand that the “devil” part of his name leans toward the horns and red tights, but I still think a different outfit might help get the character more prominence.
NETFLIX CANCELS HIS SHOW
It’s recently been all over the Internet that Netflix has now cancelled Daredevil. You have to wonder why since it was a big hit, especially among fans of the character.
They had three successful seasons, and it was the talk among fandom especially because they often faithfully followed the comics.
Of course, this happened after the cancellation of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, so that only leaves two Marvel-related programs on Netflix moving forward. I wouldn’t expect much from them in the future as well.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing was that right after this news came out, word hit that Disney +, that companies’ new streaming service, would not be picking up these shows either.
Marvel did recently send a photo on Twitter giving fans encouragement that “justice never stops.” What will take place next may even change by the time this column gets posted, that’s how fast things are happening!
One of the big challenges the new team on Daredevil — Chip Zdarsky and Marco Chechetto — is to do something new while staying true to the character.
Just like many successful comics heroes, Daredevil has decades of stories, some of them classic. I could try to name them all here, but that would take up too much room. Suffice it to say that there are great ones to be read … and not copied.
I’m hopeful they will do wonderful things. I have no idea where they will go, but I understand they are planning to test Matt even further!
Look for the new Daredevil to hit in February of 2019. I’m not sure if they will continue the current numbering or go to a new #1, but we’ll see!
As far as the TV show, I imagine that Marvel’s Daredevil is being shopped to several networks. It could be the first Netflix show to live on somewhere else!
What do you think? Are you looking forward to the new team on Daredevil? What will happen with the TV series? What would you like to see happen? Please be sure to share your thoughts below!