There was a time when some people thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just a place for lighthearted, family stories. Then Marvel’s Daredevil came and shattered all expectations. With its intense action and boundless violence, the Netflix show opened up a whole new side to the MCU. It’s no surprise, then, that the three-season series has become one of the most popular MCU shows of the pre-Disney+ era.
Featuring Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Elodie Yung, Rosario Dawsonand Vincent D’Onofrio in leading roles daredevil is known for both its great characters and strong storytelling. So much so that fans have been asking for characters from the show to appear in mainstream MCU movies and shows since almost immediately after it was canceled in 2018.
And now it seems those prayers have been answered. Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio have both reprized their roles as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin respectively in recent MCU projects.
So, with the show’s characters making a strong comeback, it might be time to revisit this beloved Marvel Netflix show. And if you thought the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen was a badass, here’s a list of seven shows you can check out for more dark superhero action!
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
With an excellent cast and interesting characters, Marvel’s Jessica Jones is one of the best Marvel shows on Netflix. Featuring Kristen Ritter as the titular character, Jessica Jones follows the adventures of a former superhero who now works as a private detective. Once a hopeful young heroine, Jessica’s life turned sour after meeting the mind-controlling villain Killgrave (david holding). But when her past comes back to haunt her, Jessica leaves to face her demons and save the day.
Later seasons of Jessica Jones explore other challenges that fall to the eternally sarcastic super-sleuth, including secrets about her own family. The series explores serious themes of trauma while balancing them with sharp wit and humor. Ritter is particularly charming, putting on brilliant performances throughout the show.
Created by Melissa Rosenberg, Jessica Jones had three seasons on Netflix before its cancellation in 2019. Besides Ritter, the series stars Rachel Taylor, Eka Darvilleand Carrie Anne Moss as key characters, with mike colter, Wil Traval, Erin Moriartyand David Tennant playing prominent roles in the first season.
Anti-heroes at the center of Amazon Prime Video The boys are not superhumans. In fact, they basically hate superhumans with every fiber of their being. The boys looks at a world where superheroes are essentially carefree, power-crazed celebrities who do more harm than good. Developped by Eric Kripkethe show is based on the comics of the same name by Garth Ennis and darick robertson. The series essentially boils down to an ongoing conflict between the titular vigilante group and the Seven, a group of so-called heroes who work for a company called Vought International. The boys are led by the brutal Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) while the Seven respond to Homelander (Antoine Starr), an arrogant, psychopathic Superman type.
The cast of The boys includes Karl Urban, Jack QuaidAnthony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Chapon, Karen Fukuhara, Nathan Mitchell, Elizabeth Shue, Colby Minifyand Aya Cash. The show has had two seasons so far with the third season and a spin-off series currently in the works.
A direct result of daredevil, The Punisher continues the story of Frank Castle (Jon Berntal), which was first introduced in daredevil Season 2. A very violent anti-hero, Frank Castle is a former Marine whose family was massacred in what appeared to be an inter-gang shootout. This motivates him to launch a war against criminals, taking a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to fighting crime.
During his time on daredevil, Frank takes revenge on those responsible for the death of his family. But it turns out the murder of his wife and children was just the tip of the iceberg. The Punisher follows Frank’s deadly investigation into a larger conspiracy that revolves around his past. A dark and gritty spectacle with tons of violence and action, The Punisher consists of two seasons of 13 episodes each.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Of all the Marvel Netflix shows, Marvel’s Luke Cage is probably the closest to daredevil. Luke protects Harlem, the same way Matt protects Hell’s Kitchen. They both go up against dangerous mob bosses and face opposition from the police. And if that’s not enough, the two shows also have a few characters in common, including nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson).
Mike Colter stars as the eponymous hero, a former convict with enhanced strength and bulletproof skin. The show sees Luke Cage move to Harlem and build a heroic life there for the people of his neighborhood. Unlike other superheroes, Luke does not wear a mask or use a code name. Besides Colter, the show also features Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik La Ray HarveyRosario Dawson, Alfred Woodard, Gabrielle Dennisand Mustafa Chakir in leading roles. Luke Cage has two seasons and was canceled in 2018.
Daredevil has often been compared to Batman as they are both vigilante protectors of their home towns. And Gotham is easily one of the best Batman-adjacent shows right now.
Covering the period between the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents and the first appearance of Batman, Gotham is a dark and mysterious series that focuses on a young James Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie. Bruce Wayne (played by David Mazouz) is still a child for most of the series’ timeline, so the Dark Knight isn’t a major factor. But despite Batman’s absence, the series includes many of his deadliest enemies and closest allies, revealing how they became the people we know.
five seasons of Gotham aired on FOX, from 2014 to 2019, with 100 episodes in total. The show was developed by Bruno Heller. Apart from McKenzie and Mazouz, Gotham also stars Donald Loge, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Perwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena, John Doman, Jada Pinkett Smithand Morena Baccarinamong others.
Titans is a dark, mature adaptation of DC’s Teen Titans, one of the comics giant’s most popular superteams. Featuring a roster of fan-favorite characters including Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven, the series was developed for DC Universe by Akiva Goldman, Geoff Johnand Greg Berlanti. Although it took a while to settle in, Titans has established itself over time as a great show with a dedicated fan following.
In the show’s world, the Titans were a group of young heroes who disbanded after a tragedy. In the present day, former members of the team unite with new heroes to take on the forces of evil and, in some cases, their own parents. The stars of the show Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Farm, Ryan Potter, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Minka Kelly, Alan Richson, Joshua Orpin, Chelsea Zhang, Chella Man, Savanna Welchand Jay Lycurgo, among others. The series had two seasons on DC Universe before moving to HBO Max for season 3. A fourth season of Titans is currently under construction.
You really can’t make a list of great superhero shows without Arrow enter the conversation at some point. The CW show, featuring stephen amell as DC super-archer Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, almost single-handedly sparked a television superhero renaissance. Its eight seasons on the air have helped create a whole world of characters and spin-off shows. Basically, if you are a fan of superhero content, you must check Arrow.
After being shipwrecked for five years on an island, Oliver Queen returns to his city with a new mission: to eradicate crime and corruption by any means necessary. In the show’s first season, Oliver was portrayed as a violent vigilante who doesn’t hesitate to kill his targets. But over the course of the series, he evolves into a true hero and forms strong bonds with a vast family of secondary characters. Arrow was developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheimand Andrew Kreisberg and aired from 2012 to 2020.
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