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Welcome back to what is essentially the last post of Daredevil Month everyone. It’s been quite a trip hasn’t it? We’ve looked at costumes, history, comic books, even video games. Before the series comes out tomorrow (and I begin the reviews of each individual episode), I thought it would be a good idea to go back and look at a few important details about the show, especially in light of the red suit reveal Marvel did earlier today.

What happened to Hell’s Kitchen?

In the original Daredevil comic books, the character was set in the Hell’s Kitchen area, due to the large number of Irish immigrants and the rampant crime levels. If you haven’t seen/heard about the area since those days, look it up and prepare to be surprised. The neighborhood actually doesn’t resemble the comics anymore, leading to the show’s writers having to get a little creative.

According to IGN, the decision was made to have the Chitauri attack from 2012’s The Avengers drive Hell’s Kitchen back to Daredevil’s comic book roots, which also allows the Kingpin to enact his own master plan for the area. What exactly is this master plan? Well…

How is the Kingpin involved?

It’s been said before that Kingpin isn’t necessarily a straight villain in this show. Everything he does is supposed to make the city better, in his own way. What exactly that meant wasn’t really revealed until this TV spot, where Kingpin announces that, in order to make the city better, he has to tear it down before it can be “reborn”.

Based on what we’ve seen, I’m guessing Kingpin wants to rebuild the city in his image, allowing for whatever activities he wants to happen to happen without interference. Not much else is confirmed about this plot however, although it will obviously lead Daredevil into a number of conflicts amongst henchmen and local criminals. Which, of course, leads to the question-

When does Daredevil put on the red suit?

This one’s a little bit trickier to figure out, but all it takes is a little logic.

We know that Daredevil starts off with the simple black costume, as we’ve seen in all of the trailers and TV spots thus far. However, as stated by costume designer Stephanie Maslansky, the costume grows out of Matt Murdock’s desire to keep himself protected while fighting crime on the streets. She stated, “We wanted something that looked militaristic and functional, but also dramatic and sexy. It was really tricky to make it both be practical and look.”

Showrunner Stephen DeKnight concurred, stating, “Getting there is part of the fun. … The solution is very exciting and makes complete sense.”

All in all, it seems that the classic red suit won’t actually appear in this show until somewhere near the end (hopefully not during an after-credits scene on the last episode though).

Connections to the rest of the MCU?

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Even before its release, Daredevil writer Jeph Loeb revealed a connection a number of fans already managed to get some time before. In a promo picture released some time before, it appeared that Jack Murdock would be boxing against a man named Carl “Crusher” Creel, the real name of supervillain the Absorbing Man.

As viewers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already know, Creel already appeared as an antagonist against Coulson and his team, leading some to believe that he wouldn’t/couldn’t be the same man boxing Murdock. Loeb however, who also wrote the comic Daredevil: Yellow, revealed that the show would follow that comic’s continuity and have Jack and Crusher boxing one another.

On top of this, earlier trailers already made it clear that other Marvel characters, like Iron Man and Thor, would definitely be referenced by characters in this show. It remains to be seen though if any other street level Marvel characters (like Spider-Man, Moon Knight, or the Punisher) will appear on the show in some way or another.

How do you think the show is going to be? Is Daredevil going to be the show everyone hopes it will be? Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. Thank you, my readers, for following me throughout Daredevil Month. Don’t forget to keep coming back in the future though to enjoy all of the latest in comic book knowledge!


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