Iron Fist Season 2: Everything You Need to Know

Iron Fist Season 2 is released on Netflix on Friday, September 7. If the teaser trailers are anything to go by, the upcoming sequel to season 1 promises to offer a much improved take on the Marvel character, with fight sequences, character development and a more refined plot than the initial 13-episode run.

With the first season coming out 18 months ago – and crossover series The Defenders having released over a year ago – it may be easy to have forgotten what went down, who the new antagonists are and other bits from the Iron Fist universe. Here’s a full rundown of everything you need to know ahead of Iron Fist Season 2:

What Happened in Iron Fist Season 1?

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Quite a lot, despite the lack of glowing reviews. Danny Rand – heir to Rand Industries and the titular hero – returns to Hell’s Kitchen after being presumed dead for 15 years. Taken in by the K’un-Lun monks after a plane crash that killed his parents, he trains to become the latest in a long line of immortal Iron Fists – the protector of K’un-Lun. Able to summon and focus his “chi” energy into a powerful force in his hand, Rand is granted superhuman strength, agility, durability and reflexes when he does so, plus he’s a pretty handy close combat fighter to boot too.

Danny becomes embroiled in a battle to oust the Hand – an order of evil, mystical ninjas hell-bent on taking over the world – who have run amok in New York City. Alongside this, he must also retake his father’s billion dollar empire from his late dad’s associate Harold Meachum who, coincidentally, was resurrected by the Hand after he died from incurable cancer, and for whom he declares his supposed loyalty. Harold, who becomes a more violent representation of himself each time he is killed off – and resurrected – during season 1, is also the individual behind the plane crash that killed Danny’s parents.

Danny meets, and eventually falls in love with, Colleen Wing, the owner of a small dojo in Manhattan who is secretly the apprentice of one of the Hand’s leaders in Bakuto. He rekindles his childhood relationships with Harold’s children Ward and Joy to varying degrees of success too. Meanwhile, Danny’s close friend and rival from K’un-Lun, Davos, turns up in New York to force Danny to return to his second home after the latter breaks his Iron Fist oath and leaves to return to the US. Unable to persuade Danny to return, Davos becomes resentful and leaves to concoct a plan to overthrow Danny, which we’ll see in season 2.

Season 1 sees Danny and Colleen defeat the Hand to a degree, force Bakuto and fellow Hand founder Madame Gao into hiding, and see Ward kill Harold for the final time – shooting his own father before burning the body to prevent his return from the dead.

Iron Fist Season 2: How Does The Defenders Play into it?

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Danny and Colleen, alongside the other Marvel TV heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage – as well as their allies – work together to stop the Hand from achieving world domination through both the “Black Sky” – or the resurrected Elektra Natchios, former girlfriend of Daredevil/Matt Murdock – and the ability to bring people back from the dead.

They succeed, but not before Daredevil seemingly sacrifices himself to allow the others to escape. His heroic act causes Iron Fist to claim the mantle of New York’s protector-in-chief in his absence.

Where do the Main Cast Stand Heading into Iron Fist Season 2?

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After swearing to protect New York City Iron Fist must deal with the added expectation of being the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, as well as dealing with his past coming back to haunt him.

Rand had a cameo in one of Luke Cage‘s season 2 episodes, but nothing was made of how the new series of Iron Fist would play out based on this. Judging by the trailers, he will have to deal with the return of the vengeful Davos, who seems set to give him a tough test as the so-called Steel Serpent.

Wing, meanwhile, is trying to find her place in the world following the collapse of The Hand and the death of Bakuto. Ward must overcome the reality that he ended up killing Harold and his apparent heroin addiction, while Joy will likely continue to do dealings with Davos in a bid to overthrow Danny.

Which Iron Fist Characters are Returning for Season 2?

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Danny Rand/Iron Fist – played by Finn Jones – will obviously be returning. Alongside him will be Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Harold and Joy (Tom Pelphrey and Jessica Stroup respectively).

Davos (Sacha Dhawan) returns as the main antagonist for Iron Fist Season 2. Misty Knight (Simone Missick), the New York police detective who is a regular in Luke Cage, will also guest star at points.

Who are the New Cast Members of Iron Fist Season 2?

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The main new cast member is “Typhoid Mary” Walker, who will be played by Alice Eve. Taking inspiration from the Marvel villain of the same name, Typhoid Mary is usually depicted as a Daredevil arch enemy, who has also crossed paths with Spider-Man and Deadpool.

A sufferer of personality disorder, Typhoid Mary has three separate identities vying for control – Mary, the normal personality, Typhoid Mary, the ambitious type, and Bloody Mary, the darkest of the trio. Possessing martial arts sword fighting skills, telekinesis and pyrokinesis, she could prove to be a formidable foe – or ally – for Iron Fist.

Another new addition to the cast is Sam Chung (James Chen). In the comics, Chung is Daredevil’s sidekick Blindspot but it is not yet known what his role in proceedings will actually be.

When and Where can I Watch Iron Fist Season 2?

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Iron Fist Season 2 will be available worldwide on Netflix from Friday, September 7. It consists of a 10-episode series instead of the usual 13-episode run, and will be available to watch in 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range.

Opinion: Jessica Jones Should Be Applauded for Showing Why it’s ‘Okay Not to Be Okay’

There’s a lot to be said about the topics that Marvel’s and Netflix’s Jessica Jones forces the viewer to confront.

The objectification of women, rape, murder, invasion of privacy and addiction were all covered superbly during the TV show’s first season, and built upon during its 13-episode long season two run as well.

As much as the writing, acting and musical score have been lauded, it is the issues above that will have been debated for days and weeks on end – and anything that helps to raise such issues and get them in the public domain is good in whatever form of media it takes.

[SPOILER WARNING]: Spoilers for Jessica Jones Season Two may follow from this point onwards!

JJ2One theme that wasn’t truly touched upon – or, rather, was given a much broader and wider scope this time around – was something that has become its own hot topic in the real world with the rise of the #MeToo movement borne out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

Jessica Jones‘ portrayal of strong, confident and badass women has helped to bring feminism and equal rights regarding gender back to the forefront of conversations and, alongside the mass movements and demonstrations that have emerged in the past six months, should be applauded.

But what season two of Jessica Jones also shows is that, regardless of how strong or broad-shouldered or heroic someone appears, internal struggles are never too far away.

JJ3The characters in Jessica Jones all display their own insecurities and vulnerable sides throughout the show – male and female it should be noted – and those badges of self-doubt help to shape each individual and flesh out their personalities and ideologies.

Jessica – wonderfully portrayed by Krysten Ritter – fears letting anyone get close to her again after the death of her family. Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), meanwhile, rails against not being a superhero herself and longs to be ‘the good’ that she sees in Jessica, even if the latter doesn’t.

Even lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) sheds her tough exterior as she comes to terms with her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease – going through the whole five stages of grief as she’s reduced to tears during one particularly emotional moment.

Marvel's Jessica JonesIt’s proof that even the hardiest of souls can be beset by negative thoughts and feelings, and shows that anyone, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, creed or race can be afflicted by uncertainty.

What does this tell us overall? That being strong and independent are perfectly sound qualities to possess. But, in equal measure, that it’s okay to take off the mask or break down the walls and allow people to be vulnerable. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of for letting others in and expressing emotion.

Jessica Jones does plenty right through its medium, but it is perhaps its willingness to bring these difficult discussions to the fore that stands it out from the crowd and makes it a must watch for any TV fanatic – no matter what your knowledge of comic book lore is.

8 of the Best Things About Stranger Things 2

It came, we saw and it conquered. Stranger Things 2 has left audiences suitably thrilled with its follow-up series to the critically-acclaimed first season and, though the dust is still settling on another Netflix triumph, it will be a while before it isn’t on everyone’s minds.

Stranger Things 2 was full of intrigue, humour, heartbreak and genuinely scary moments – so much so that it may be difficult to process all the best stuff about it if you binge watched it in one or two sittings.

Fear not, fellow AV Club members, for it’s time for a comprehensive list on some of the best moments from a show that has charmed us all. Here’s eight of the most memorable bits from Stranger Things 2:

Note: Spoilers may follow from this point onwards. Don’t scoll past this hilariously cute gif of Eleven and Hopper if you don’t want the show spoiled before you finish it!


Dustin & Steve’s Bromance


There are a few new unlikely partnerships that help to make Stranger Things 2 another hit for Netflix, but few are as endearing and enjoyable as Dustin and Steve banding together.

The pair are thrown together in unusual circumstances at the Wheeler household, and their blossoming bromance goes from strength to strength as they combat both the Upside Down’s demodog horde and girl troubles.

Steve Harrington’s character development throughout season two is a delight, while Gaten Matarazzo’s charm and likeability help Dustin step to the fore from Mike’s shadow.

Bob the Brain’s Bravery


Viewers of a certain age are treated to a huge 80s throwback with the introduction of Sean Astin as Joyce Byers’ love interest Bob ‘the Brain’ Newby.

Starting out as something of a cringeworthy-esque character, Bob grows into a man of action as the series hurtles towards its finale and his brave actions help save those who make up the main cast.

His knowledge of breaker systems and computers and bravery help some of the gang escape Hawkins Lab after it gets over run – a factor that makes his death at the last moment all the more heartwrenching and sob-inducing.

Noel Schnapp’s Performance as Will Byers


As the ‘Boy Who Got Lost in the Woods’ during the first season, Noel Schnapp was criminally underused last time around if this is the measure of acting performance he can give.

Terrified and terrifying in equal parts, Schnapp goes through every conceivable emotion to truly make the struggle within Will a huge part in Stranger Things 2.

It’s extremely easy to forget that the show’s kids are, well, still kids. Based on Schnapp’s superb acting skills and ability to conjure up different feelings in the same scene, it’s hard not to look past him as this series’ break-out character.

Eleven’s Coming of Age Arc


Eleven has come a long way from being discovered by the AV Club boys, and her ‘coming of age’ storyline throughout season two fleshes out her character in greater detail.

From her reapperance in the real world to tracking down ‘Momma’, to rocking out with Kali’s gang in Chicago and returning to Hawkins to save the day, Eleven is no longer the terrified girl with superhuman abilities that she was a year ago.

Her new “bitchin'” look with slicked back hair and eyeliner also gives a new emphasis to her maturing personality, and it’s one that will hopefully continue to grow in the seasons ahead.

Expanding the Stranger Things Universe…


Episode seven drew criticism from some circles for its filler material in a bid to pad out season two, but realistically it helped to expand the Stranger Things universe.

The show needed a slight departure from Hawkins and, by taking us off the Chicago, switched the formula up and showed that people with powers aren’t solely confined the small rural town.

Spending any longer in Chicago would certainly have made the season drawn out, so the brief stop off broke the season up and, more importantly, gave Eleven reason to return to her true home.

…And Loving the New Characters That it Gave Us


TV shows have a tendency to become stale and sluggish without the introduction of new players – key or supporting – to help move story arcs along, and Stranger Things 2 gives us a small glut of new characters to love and hate in equal measure.

We’ve already become accustomed with Astin’s Bob Newby but, in step-brother and step-sister pair Billy Hargrove and ‘Mad’ Max Mayfield, the returning cast have new additions to play off to great effect.

Max’s time in Hawkins, whilst badass in the end, drives a wedge between Dustin and Lucas at the midway point of the season, and between that duo and Mike in the opening episodes.

Billy’s arrival, meanwhile, provides a human antagonist for viewers to rail against, particularly with Steve, and allow the latter’s character development to truly flourish.

Add in the likes of Dr Owens – he’s a decent guy after all! – Kali/Number Eight and her motley crew, conspiracy theorist Murray and Lucas’ sassy younger sister Erica and whole new dynamics are played out in splendid fashion.

Hopper & Eleven’s Burgeoning Father-Daughter Relationship


What of two of the best characters in the Stranger Things universe though? And just how perfect are their interactions whether funny, heartfelt or volatile?

David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown’s energy and chemistry in scenes together will certainly have audiences gripped, and their bond is all the sweeter for their respective losses up to this point.

One of the most touching moments comes when Hopper is handed adoption papers by Dr Owens that allows him to officially be Eleven’s guardian from here on out, so don’t bet against more triple-chocolate layered eggo stacks before too long.

Jim Hopper’s Dance Number


And, speaking of Hopper, who could forget the dance moves that inspired a meme in the aftermath of Stranger Things 2?

Whether it’s Eleven’s puzzled look once Hopper gets down with his jams or the actual dance moves themselves, there can’t have been a viewer who didn’t laugh out loud as this scene played out.

Let’s hope for more Hopper moves in the next few seasons!

5 Things Viewers Want From Netflix’s Upcoming Marvel Series ‘The Defenders’

Netflix’s and Marvel Studios’ TV collaboration reaches its first major climactic point when The Defenders debuts on 18th August and, after all of the trailer and Comic Con information, the hype train has truly entered the station.

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are set to unite in the battle to eradicate The Hand from New York City’s seedy underbelly, and there’s plenty to ponder and speculate about ahead of the show’s release in just under a few weeks’ time.

With rumours going into overdrive about Siourney Weaver’s character Alexandra, how our heroes – and reluctant heroes – will get along and other questions, what do we definitely want to see from the eight-episode strong series? Here’s five things on every viewer’s wishlist:

Action, and Plenty of it


With at least one season under each of the quartet’s respective belts, backstories have been firmly established, characters fleshed out and locations set in place.

A good a time as any, then, for a plethora of action sequences to take place.

Our four heroes have already enjoyed some bruising, realistic fight scenes during their own arcs – who can forget the first time they saw the corridor sequence from Dardevil‘s first season? – and, with just eight one-hour long episodes to see if The Defenders can remove the Hand from Hell’s Kitchen for good, the fans will be desperate for a whole slew of action-oriented set-pieces.

That means lots and lots of the above, please Netflix & Marvel.

Who is Alexandra, and What’s Her Deal?

thedefenders2One character whose character hasn’t been fleshed out all that much – naturally due to her lack of appearance thus far in Marvel’s TV universe and unwillingness to spoil anything yet – is supposed Leader of the Hand, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver).

Mike Colter recently divulged that Alexandra has ties to all four members of The Defenders, and it would be extremely beneficial if viewers were treated to more than just a “she’s the leader so deal with it” synopsis.

To truly get to the bottom of her persona and her motives, it would be wise to see Alexandra given some form of backstory to reveal why she’s the villain of this series.

Jokes, Quips and Humour Galore

thedefenders3While Netflix & Marvel collaborations have proven to be bloody, often-violent affairs that have confronted tough topics, there has also been a lighter, humorous side to proceedings too.

Whether it be Matt Murdoch’s quips to his co-stars in his own Daredevil show, or Luke Cage’s deadpan verbal slamming of his foe’s henchmen, each series has had its fair share of laugh-out-loud moments and, given the rapport among the actors seen on set, as well as each character’s personality, let’s hope The Defenders retains its lighthearted nature to contrast the brutal fight scenes accordingly.

The trailers so far have shown there will be some funny scenes to contrast the gritty action sequences, so here’s hoping there’s plenty more to come.

Ample Screen Time for the Supporting Cast

clairetempleIf the San Diego Comic Con Defenders panel showed us anything, it’s that there’s an extensive supporting cast for Netflix’s upcoming series.

Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) and Elodie Yung (Elektra) were all present, but that trio will have to contend with Elden Henson (‘Foggy’ Nelson’), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Scott Glenn (‘Stick’) and Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker) – among others – also being granted a decent amount of screen time.

That’s before we even delve into the minor characters who will have bit-part roles to play in pushing the story forward too. Put all that together, and The Defenders‘ cast truly does look bloated.

Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie will have had their work cut out on marrying all of these characters together, and we hope that they’ll all be given a chance to shine without detracting too much from our main protagonists and antagonists.

Hints at Where Each Character’s Future Seasons Will Go


Okay, this one is a little left field and there may not be time to delve into what’s in store for each of our four heroes individually, but it would be cool to get a vague idea of what’s next for the intrepid quartet.

Maybe there’ll be a clue as to which villains could fill a potential void in the criminal underworld if the Hand are disposed of. Or maybe there will be an indication of where each hero’s path will lead them to next.

With all four confirmed to have had new seasons greenlit by Netflix and Marvel, a nice little tease or stinger at the very end of the series would give a brief glimpse into what they could expect in the future.

Review: Daredevil Season Two


It’s been 11 months since Netflix and Marvel brought us their joint collaboration of Daredevil Season One.

And such was the critical acclaim that the debut series received, it was a dead cert that a second season starring The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen would be green-lit.

Fast forward to March 2016, and it’s safe to say that the second installment of Daredevil‘s story not only holds up, but at times it surpasses season one’s impressive credentials.

Taking over from season one showrunner Steven DeKnight, Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez had big shoes to fill – particularly concerning a new primary antagonist.

Note: Spoilers from both seasons can be found from this point on, so leave now unless you want everything spoiled for you!


With Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk finally jailed at the end of the first series, fans and critics were intrigued as to who would step into the role of big bad to take on Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) alter-ego.

In Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle/The Punisher, it appears that such a character is found.

Seeking vengeance after seeing his young family gunned down in cold blood during a gangland shooting, ex-marine Castle stops at nothing to lay waste to all of the criminal gangs that took part in the massacre on that fateful day.

It is this unrelenting slaughter that sees Daredevil lock horns (pun intended) with Castle throughout the early episodes of the season.

No more so is this evident than in episode three (New York’s Finest) where, after being captured by Castle, Murdock and his new apparent foe question each other’s moral code.


It is an early highlight, and is built upon in episode four (Penny and Dime) when Castle displays vulnerability as he recounts the story of returning home from war, to see his family, after he is rescued from the Irish mafia by none other than Daredevil himself.

It’s a heart-wrenching monologue delivered with emotional depth by Bernthal, and lends weight to his own vigilante motives.

Following his arrest at the end of the episode, the season could have begun to unravel as soon as it begun.

But in Elektra Natchios’ (Elodie Yung) arrival, the plot transitions into carefully orchestrated forked paths, as the cast are led down their own relevant mini-story arcs.


For Daredevil/Murdock, the arrival of his ex-girlfriend-cum-assassin sends both his personal life and vigilante persona into disarray, as he struggles to stop the villainous organisation known as The Hand and attempts to prevent his already-fractured relationships with Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Franklin ‘Foggy’ Nelson (Eldin Henson) from completely falling apart.

It is a role that Cox revels in, as the titular character becomes torn between his duty to “his city” and to the few friends he has in his life.

Yung’s Elektra, meanwhile, sparkles as the aptly-ironic devil in Murdock’s ear, as well as portraying the character’s complexity and tortured past with aplomb.

The twist surrounding her destiny in the penultimate episode leaves more questions than answers before she is given a supposedly heroic send-off, but it does little to detract from the excellent depiction that Yung brings to the table.

And it is not just Murdock and the new supporting cast that see their character’s stories fleshed out.

Page revels in the role of investigator-in-chief as she attempts to uncover the real story behind Castle’s rampage – a side to her that evokes memories of the departed Ben Urich – as her resourcefulness and bravery prove that she is more than a mere damsel in distress, despite her carelessness sometimes throwing her head first into trouble.


Nelson, too, receives much needed character development – his frienship with Murdock, already frayed after finding out Daredevil’s true identity in season one, is torn asunder as the pair clash over the falling apart of the People vs Frank Castle trial midway through the season.

And, like Page, he discovers his own courage during a visit to The Dogs of Hell gang’s turf, and throughout Castle’s trial – a court case he almost single handedly wins before allowing Murdock to completely ruin proceedings during his questioning of the defendant.

Rosario Dawson’s no-nonsense nurse Claire Temple provides a sense of morality and honesty that is sometimes lacking in other characters, Scott Glenn’s Stick, mentor to both Murdock and Elektra, offers up his usual self-rightousness and piety throughout, while Peter McRobbie’s Father Lantom is given a brief-yet-profound monologue in episode three in his only appearance of the series.

The surprise reveal of D’Onofrio’s Fisk in episode eight is a welcome one too – the calculating villain helping to move the story along with typical malice and cunning as he manipulates Castle into taking out a rival in his prison he now seemingly owns.


Action wise, the show builds impressively on the foundations laid by its first season.

An excellently filmed sequence involving Daredevil and the Dogs of Hell gang pays homage to season one’s fight with the Russian mob, as he dispatches a number of underlings with creativity and a whirlwind of force down a staircase.

Castle’s one-man stand during one prison scene is as brutal and barbaric as they come too – a welcome contrast to the acrobatic and ninja-esque style of Daredevil and Elektra themselves.

Brawls with The Hand in later episodes are choregraphed brilliantly as well, and are as ferocious as they are elegant.

The plot takes a turn for the mystical as it reaches its climax, as the gritty realism of Hell’s Kitchen is replaced with the supernatural revelation that The Hand have supposedly uncovered immortality.

It is a move that is somewhat of a let-down, such is the authentic feel of the show up until that point.

Given that the wider Marvel universe, both on the silver screen and in other TV shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it is perhaps not as superfluous as it is made out to be.


Question marks also remain over some story threads that are not cleared up.

An explanation of the gigantic hole that Daredevil and Elektra uncover is not provided; nor do we see the mysterious figure that Stick chats to at the end of episode seven of the first season.

Doubts remain over what happened to Page’s brother, given the newspaper clipping we see, whilst the fate of Elektra is left up to the imagination – for now.

It is probable that these queries are just set ups for later seasons of Daredevil, and aren’t just glossed over with the introduction of new plot strands and characters come season three.

Overall though, Daredevil season two lives up to its predecessor – shaking up the single villain formula in favour of introducing other complex characters and mulitple ‘bad guys’ opens up the world Marvel has created, and helps to continue the sterling work that the multinational company has produced over the past decade.

Verdict: Bold, emotional, complex and gory, Daredevil Season Two successfully implements a muliple-stranded story arc that succeeds in building upon its debut series. 8.5/10

Review: Daredevil Season One


In 2003, diehard fans of the comic book character Daredevil had been left disappointed and bemused.

A film adaptation of the Marvel character, starring Ben Affleck as the titular hero, had been received poorly – despite taking $179.2m at the box office – with many criticising the plot and direction that the movie had taken.

Even Stan Lee, creator of Dardevil, said that it had “got the whole thing wrong”.

Fast forward 12 years, and that disappointement is no longer etched on the faces of Daredevil fans.

A Netflix original series and produced by Marvel Television, ABC studios and DeKnight productions, the TV adaptation of Daredevil has been lauded by fans, critics and casual viewers alike for its dark, gritty and accurate depiction of the comic book lore.

Created for TV by Drew Goddard, who was in line to write and direct a Sinister Six film for Sony set in their Spiderman universe before it got cancelled, the show draws inspiration from Lee’s and Bill Everett’s long-running series and introduces viewers to a side of New York City, in Hell’s Kitchen, that is overlooked in Marvel’s flagship film franchises.

Beware: Spoilers for the comics and show appear from this point on, so turn back if you do not want anything ruined for you!

Daredevil tells the story of Matt Murdock, a lawyer who was blinded as a child by a radioactive substance that fell from a vehicle after he pushed a man to safety from said truck.

Despite being unable to see, Murdock’s other senses are significantly heightened by the substance and grants him a ‘radar sense’, not unlike Spiderman’s ‘spider sense’.

By day, Murdock works at Nelson & Murdock: Attorneys At Law – a fledgling law firm set up by Murdock and best friend and fellow lawyer, Franklin ‘Foggy’ Nelson.

By night, though, Murdock stalks the rooftops, streets and buildings as the Man in the Mask, thwarting criminals and saving lives.

And in 33-year-old actor Charlie Cox, both Murdock and his alter-ego are transferred from page to screen effortlessly.


Charming, intelligent and resourceful as Murdock, and gruff, physical and fearless as Daredevil, Cox’s portrayal as The Man Without Fear is superbly carried out.

Cox’s ability to depict Murdock’s blindness, too, is down to a tee – the English actor’s work with blind consultant Joe Strechay paying dividends to give a natural, accurate representation of a blind individual.

And, as with all superheroes, there is a complexity about the character of Murdock and Daredevil that Cox manages to convey throughout a series of stellar performances.

Having taken the oath when becoming a lawyer, Murdock knowingly breaks his own vow every night when acting as a vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen.

Coupled with his devout Catholic beliefs, questions of morality and grey areas come into stark contrast for Murdock – particularly as the season reaches its final few episodes.

Indeed, Murdock’s emotions get the better of him as he seeks revenge for the death of the innocent Elena Cardenas – a resident of an apartment block who stands up main villain Kingpin/Wilson Fisk’s plans to buyout her building, but who is killed off by one of Fisk’s henchmen.

After being seriously injured during a showdown with Nobu, a member of mysterious Japanese organisation The Hand and part of Fisk’s criminal gang, Murdock is almost left for dead when stupidly trying to take on Fisk after despatching of the former.

It is one of a few occasions throughout the series when Murdock’s desire to do the right thing gets the better of him, and allows viewers the opportunity to question his motives.


Murdock’s constant struggle between refusing to take someone’s life, in part to the Catholicism instilled in him and, as he eloquently puts it, battling the ‘devil inside of me’, is a key component of the complexity of the character, and one that proves how intriguing Dardevil as a personality is.

Strikingly, Fisk – who is expertly portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio – isn’t too dissimilar from our titular hero in wanting to rebuild Hell’s Kitchen.

Fisk’s willingness to kill anyone who stands in his way, however, is the one key difference that keeps the two players at polar opposites of the spectrum.

As a 12-year-old boy, Fisk saves his mother from his cruel bully of a father, after years of abuse, by beating him to death with a hammer – a move that begins to sow the seeds of the man Fisk will eventually become.

And it is this disposition, to remove anyone who stands between him and lording over his city, that leads Fisk into believing his intentions are justifiable, in spite of his criminal activity.

Such actions become more severe as the series presses on, as Fisk takes out fellow partners in the Russian mafia, led by the Ranskahov brothers, and financial distributor Leland Owlsley – the latter of whom conspires with fellow criminal Madame Gow to assassinate Vanessa Marianna, Fisk’s love interest.

His masterplan further unravels following the death of right-hand man James Wesley, who is shot dead by Page after she is kidnapped by Wesley, and sees Fisk become erratic and emotional – a move that eventually proves his undoing.

Both Murdock and Fisk are flawed as individuals, and believe that they must save Hell’s Kitchen from the mediocrity it finds itself in – their ideals over how to do so, though, is what ultimately leads them to butting heads as the season’s climax looms closer.


It is not just Cox and D’Onofrio who stand out as part of an impressive cast either.

Deborah Ann Woll is wonderful as secretary-cum-investigator Karen Page; Elden Henson as ‘Foggy’ Nelson too, who brings humour and heart in equal measure, especially when finding out that Murdock is Daredevil himself.

Rosario Dawson’s performance as Claire Temple, who patches Murdock’s injuries up and acts as a potential love interest, is strong if fleeting, while Vondie Curtis-Hall excels as journalist Ben Urich before his death at the hands of Fisk in the penultimate episode of the season.

There are small nods to Marvel’s other franchises throughout Daredevil too, with small mentions of the events of Avengers Assemble just one such example of how Marvel is tying its cinematic universe into its TV story arcs.

The season finale finally sees the ‘Man in the Mask’ dubbed ‘Daredevil’ in the media – thanks in no small part to the unveiling of Murdock’s new, improved and protective costume – and ties season one’s storythreads together in a fitting manner.

The face-off between Daredevil and Fisk could possibly have been a little longer in length, given the events that had led up to that point, but it was enough to leave viewers wanting more – a duel that will no doubt be revisited when, not if, Fisk escapes from prison.

That fight and other action sequences are well choreographed and fluid throughout too, with various camera angles picking up a variety of stellar shots to exhibit the violence on show.


A couple of slight niggles with editing in one or two episodes show that there is slight room for improvement, in addition to a smattering of ponderous moments, particularly in the earlier chapters of the series, but these faults are minor and can easily be rectified now that the show has a sound footing on which to build.

Season two of Daredevil, due for release on March 18th, will introduce fan favourites such as Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung), but it will have to make do without season one showrunner Stephen DeKnight – a decision that will hopefully not cause too much concern going forward, such was the acclaim the first series garnered.

If Goddard and co. can produce another successful season that surpasses the first, fans will be in for a treat. It’ll be much deserved after years of being reminded of that 2003 film.

Verdict: A triumph for all concerned, Daredevil is a tactful interpretation of a beloved comic book superhero. Gritty, dark, intriguing and, at times, shocking, solid foundations have been laid for the show moving forward into season two, with much of the same expected for the next chapter in the franchise. 9/10