Binging on ‘Daredevil’: Marvel’s Netflix Series Is As Brutal As It Is Compelling

It's hard to imagine that Daredevil exists in the same universe as the Avengers, but the series successfully delves into street-level violence not yet explored in Marvel's big screen efforts.

Last Friday, Marvel Entertainment released Daredevil, their first of four Netflix-exclusive series. Like other Netflix-exclusive releases, all 13 episodes of Daredevil were released at the same time, which means it was ripe for binge-watching. As someone who is an avid comic book fan, and a proponent of any live-action comic book adaptation, I really wanted to immerse myself in Daredevil once it was released. So, like many Americans this weekend, I binge-watched all 13 episodes of Daredevil in basically one sitting (I took a few breaks in between episodes). During my marathon viewing session, I live-tweeted my spontaneous reactions and unprocessed thoughts on the show. What follows is the Storification of my tweets that, when compiled, work as a real time review of Daredevil.

A couple of notes before the tweets: First, although I am a big comic book fan, I am not a Daredevil expert. In fact, I’m more of a DC comics guy, but I do enjoy a lot of Marvel, specifically X-Men and Captain America. But I am very familiar with the character. Maybe more importantly, I have loved Marvel’s connected cinematic universe. Additionally, to prepare myself for the show, I read Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear, which influenced much of the series, and Born Again. I also used other live-action comic book shows or films as points of comparison. Finally, I have already begun to re-watch the whole series and will say most of my knee-jerk opinions presented below remain valid.