The Main Stage at New York Comic-Con was packed on Saturday evening for a panel for Marvel’s Daredevil, the first of five collaborated television series from Marvel and Netflix, where the audience was treated to footage from the upcoming show.
Donning a Daredevil shirt with the Netflix logo on the back, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb once again took the stage to introduce the cast. He began by thanking the fans in attendance for their support and saying, “We consider New York Comic Con to be our home.”
Loeb then welcomed the cast: Executive Producer Steven S. DeKnight, Vondie Curtis-Hall (Ben Urich), Ayelet Zurer (Vanessa), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin). Loeb finished the introductions by mentioning that years ago, Joe Quesada told Loeb that he had found the actor to play Matt Murdock, even though they did not have the rights to create the property and had no plans to make the show. Charlie Cox then took the stage to loud applause.
The audience was then treated to the first of five scenes from Daredevil:
A frightened Karen Page enters a dark apartment on a stormy night. She notices footprints on the floor and climbs on top of a table. Karen then lifts up a ceiling panel, pulling out a flash drive. As she climbs down, a man sneaks up behind her and smashes her into the wall multiple times, causing Karen to drop the flash drive. He then picks the item up and encloses on her, about to kill her with a knife. Matt Murdock, dressed in all black and a mask, runs into the room and the two men begin a brawl in the apartment. They crash through the window, falling multiple stories onto the wet pavement.
The lights returned in the auditorium to cheering fans. Before speaking with the cast, Loeb revealed that Rosario Dawson will portray “˜Night Nurse,’ or Claire Temple, and then showed the second scene in which Claire is treating a beaten and bloodied Matt Murdock, unmasked, on her couch. She tells him her name, but he does not offer his.
Loeb directed his first question to Zurer asking, “How did you approach the character of Wilson Fisk’s love interest?”
“The story of the painting,” Zurer replied, “was, to me, the entrance into the character. Working with Mr. D’Onofrio is fabulous. He’s a phenomenal actor.”
Rather than explaining the scene to the crowd, Loeb offered a third clip from the show:
Vanessa meets Wilson Fisk for the first time as he’s staring at a white painting in a museum. She begins speaking with him about art, with no response or even an acknowledgment of her presence. She then asks how it makes him feel, to which he slowly turns, looking into her eyes and replies, “It makes me feel alone.”
D’Onofrio thanked those in attendance for being there before speaking of his character. “Fisk is a child and a monster. Every move that he makes comes from his foundation of morality inside himself. Meeting Vanessa, the one thing she does for him so far, is bring him out of the shadows,” he explained. “You have a feeling of the origin of Wilson and how he becomes this iconic character. We’re playing it real, emotional, moment to moment.”
Addressing DeKnight, Loeb said, “There are times when you’re rooting for Matt and sometimes for Wilson.” DeKnight responded by mentioning what he loves about the show.
“I love the moral grey areas – Matt is a lawyer by day; vigilante by night. Often times, he crosses the line. He’s one day away from becoming Frank Castle [the Punisher]. When you hear the explanation of why Fisk is doing what he’s doing, you’re gonna’ say, “˜That’s not a bad idea,'” DeKnight said.
Turning his attention to Henson, Loeb said, “There are people who actually write entire blogs about the importance of Foggy Nelson. You sent us your audition on your phone,” garnering a laughter from the fans. “What’s it like working with Deborah and Charlie?”
“You know,” Henson said, “I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the role, so I was able to lean on them for help. They’re also just really great people, which makes it a lot easier.”
Cox was then asked to describe what it’s like to play someone with many facets: blind, heroic, and a lawyer.
“Daredevil has been a real challenge,” he said. “There are so many aspects to Matt. Not to mention, we’re making a show about human emotion and conflict. We’re meeting a man who is lawyer by day and then deciding what justice should be for himself and always battling with that concept. We see a bit of Matt’s father and who he wanted Matt to be, which plays on his mind. I think you guys are going to be really pleased with what you see.”
The next scene displayed on the screen shows Matt and Foggy sitting a table in an unpacked office. Karen walks in with a meal she cooked for them and their conversation alludes to the idea that Matt and Foggy have recently helped prove her innocence in a trial. Karen then convinces them to let her help them around the office.
Shifting gears, Loeb offered a time for fan questions. The first question was directed toward Woll. “What was it like to quickly transition from your role on True Blood to your new role in Daredevil?”
“I had to change gears very quickly,” Woll said. “I was sad about leaving my True Blood family, but coming here and being welcomed by everyone made it easy.”
Cox then responded to a similar question regarding switching from HBO to Netflix. He said, “Ending an episode on a cliffhanger is ridiculous. We get to spend more time on the story. It’s going to feel like a 13-hour movie.”
The next question was directed toward Loeb. “Will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D impact the Netflix world?
“First of all,” Loeb said, that’s a Level 7 question,” to which the audience cheered. “I think you know, it’s all connected,” he said, to extremely loud applause.
Before the panel came to a close, a final scene was shown. The scene began just as the first, but continued after Matt Murdock lay injured on the ground. The clip transitions to a young Matt sleeping at a kitchen table. A man walks in, who is soon revealed to be his father. The man is bloodied and has a large wound on his face. He wakes Matt up and sits down at the table. He has Matt, who is wearing dark glasses, touch his face and wounds. He then says, “Don’t be like me. I never wanted to study in school. Come on, Matty. Get to work.” Back in the present day, Matt, dripping with rain and blood, forces himself up just as the intruder attacks him. They fight for a long time in the street until Matt is finally victorious. Karen is standing out in the rain, watching. She looks on, unable to see who is behind the mask. Matt grabs the flash drive from the lifeless man as Karen warns him not to tell the police because no one can be trusted. He walks away.