We didn’t get to go to NYCC this year (boo) but that doesn’t mean we’re not using all the other sources to find out what happened. The biggest news so far is Marvel and Netflix’s DAREDEVIL. They’ve given us images and showed some footage. We don’t have that footage, but we have two very good descriptions from io9 and IGN. Here they are!
1. Description from io9
The first clip we saw was one of action. The scene takes place inside Karen Page’s (True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll) apartment. It is dark and green. The whole series is about two green tone down from a David Fincher movie, but it’s still fairly green. And dark. It’s almost hard to see all the action (which could be just the nature of screening dark footage in a giant hall) but it’s dark. Karen gets home and sees the window open, she’s nervous, there’s a spot of blood on the floor (or black good, again so dark). Even more nervous Karen climbs her furniture, rooting out what appears to be a USB port squirreled away in an air vent. She sighs, but she’s not alone. I dark haired man appears from the shadows and just chucks her against the wall. This causes her to scream and drop the USB stick or port or whatever. The intruder grab it, and then takes out a knife (cue the knife noise). But before he can slice up Karen there’s another intruder. No it’s Daredevil! But it’s early Daredevil, pre-suit Daredevil.
The fight, it’s intense, it’s quick, it’s dirty but mostly it’s very dark. At some point Daredevil falls out the window, clangs on some scaffolding and lands facedown in the street. The knife CLANGS to his side, the rain thunders on the pavement. All the sounds are heightened. And then BOOM you’re back in time. Daredevil is having a flashback. Everything has a yellow hue. Little Matty Murdock is asleep at a kitchen table and his Dad wakes him. He tells him to study so he won’t end up “like him.” He holds a bag of frozen vegetables to his face. He’s been beaten, bad. His boy feels his bruises. And his father says, “Come on Matty get to work.” Those words spring modern day Daredevil to life. He pushes himself up black rain falls off his head, but red back light blood pours from his mouth. Then Daredevil beats the ever loving shit out of the intruder. It’s excellent.
The second scene showcased Rosario Dawson and Charlie Cox’s banter. Murdock wakes up in Claire’s apartment on her couch. It’s quick and fast but it’s good. Fairly believable for the situation that is being showcased. When Murdock freaks out (being blind and on a stranger’s couch) she fires right back at him. Somehow Claire fished Murdock out of the trash and now wants to know, “how a blind man in a mask ends up beaten half to death in my dumpster?” Murdock has other concerns, “you’ve seen my face.” He states and refuses to tell her his name. Claire is nonplussed, “I’m not looking for some guy to die on my couch on the night off.” They do the whole “the less you know about me the better” exchange and Claire settles on calling him Mike because, “a guy I used to date turns out he was very good at keeping secrets too. It’s quick, it’s good, it’s still in that green filter but that pace is great.A lighter clip this short moment showed the softer side. Murdock in his day role as lawyer for Nelson and Murdock. And Cox goes full dorky Murdock in it. Sure he’s charming but he’s not too charming. Together Murdock, Nelson meet (and are fed) but Karen Page. It’s her thank you for getting her out of jail. She’s feeding them and basically asking how she can help. They all decide by joining the tiny firm. It’s cute. Very cute.
2. IGN Description
It begins with Karen Page coming to her apartment on a rainy night. The door’s ajar and all the lights are out. She enters gingerly, noticing blood stain on the floor. Understandably panicked, she reaches up into a vent to retrieve a cell phone stashed inside. As she turns to hightail it out of there, a man steps out from the shadows. It’s Wesley who proceeds to throw her into the wall a couple of times, knocking her for a loop. He retrieves the phone she dropped in the struggle, whips out a switch blade and approaches her for the kill.
That’s when we see Matt Murdock — dressed in his black pro to-Daredevil suit straight out of Man Without Fear — enter and immediately start brawling with Wesley. The fight is incredibly brutal and vicious, very much like the hand-to-hand combat scene in the Bourne films or the recent Bond movies. The sounds of punches, knife slashes, grunts, and damage act as the soundtrack. Matt and Wesley’s brawl leads to them crashing out of the window together and down to the alley below. Matt tries to get up but he passes out face down on the road as the rain drenches him.
At the end of the panel, they showed us an extended version of this scene that fades to Matt dreaming of himself as a little boy sitting in the kitchen of his apartment with his dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock. He tells his tired son to keep up his studies so he doesn’t end up like him. “I never studied. Look at how I turned out,” said Jack, immediately noticing the sad look on his blind son’s face. He takes the boy’s hands and lets him feel the lumps and wounds on his battered face. “Come on, Matty. Get to work,” said Jack and the scene cuts back to Daredevil waking up in alley just as Wesley attacks him with his knife. A brutal brawl in the rain ensues, ending with Matt wrapping Wesley up in a chain he’d heard jangling. Matt retrieves Karen’s phone off Wesley just as Karen shows up, shocked at this black-clad rescuer. Daredevil tells Karen he will take this phone and the data on it to people who can help, but she pleads for him not to take it to police because no one can be trusted.
The next scene showed Matt waking Matt waking up on Claire’s couch, his mask removed. (He refers to his costume as “a work in progress.”) She’d found him in a dumpster. He is injured (three broken ribs, a puncture wound on his side, and probable concussion). He’s not happy that she’s seen his face, but asks her why she didn’t just call the police. She said has her own reasons for not calling cops. Not getting much in the way of useful information from Matt about who he is, she nicknames him Mike because he reminds her of an ex who kept secrets. She’ll let him rest there for the night.
The next clip showed Wilson Fisk at an art gallery where he first meets Vanessa, the woman who will one day become his wife. He’s staring at white painting, his hulking frame and bald dome seen from behind as Vanessa approaches him. She tries making small talk with him (it appears it’s her art gallery or she works there). Fisk seems agitated not by her but by the painting. She asked him what he sees in the painting, how it makes him feel. “It makes me feel alone,” Fisk replied, far more vulnerable than you could ever expect from this legendary villain. Marvel’s Daredevil would seem to be as much Fisk’s origin if you will as Murdock’s as a vigilante.
We then saw a scene set at Matt and Foggy’s fledgling law office. Karen’s made them dinner as a thank you for getting her out of trouble. They said they will bill her as soon they figure out to make bills. She said the meal was her grandma’s recipe and she said she’s only ever make it for her future husband, which causes a look to cross Matt’s face. She says thanks for saving her, and Foggy replies that she should really thank that “nut in a mask.” It seems like no one knows Matt’s secret identity just yet.