There are plenty of shows on television that make it a point of trying to surprise their viewers on a weekly basis. And then there are shows on television based on comic books in which you have come to learn the hard way that no one is safe from a shocking death. (ex: The Walking Dead.) No matter what happened them in the comics, some people will have mortal fates different than what happened in the pages. It plays with the viewer’s expectations to the point that even if it does follow what happened in the comics, you believe, for a moment, that because other things are different, maybe the death of this beloved character won’t go down like it did in the comics.
Charlie Cox, who portrays the title character in the Netflix MCU series Daredevil is quoted by ScreenGeek explaining why that might be during Pittsburgh’s Wizard World (and, to be fair, there is SPOILER for Season 1 of Daredevil in here…but I’m hoping by this point you’ve already seen it):
I know that as a show, they don’t try to take storylines that are already written. We want to be our own thing. One of the reasons they killed Ben Urich, which was such a great shock for me, but the reason I think they do it because the people who love the show are great fans and have read the comics and we need them to know this is not a safe place and the drama is going to affect you as well. You don’t know what’s going to happen. If we kill Ben Urich, what does that mean? We could to anything potentially.
This “anyone can die” mindset would explain why Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elodie Yung (Elektra) get jittery when new Daredevil villains are discussed (as noted in this MCU Exchange article).
While story-deviating plots in the MCU is nothing new and fans expect them, sometimes it is a bit shocking when they cut off comics story-telling avenues that held potential. I admit to being surprised they killed Urich, not only because I thought he was a great character in the show, but because he had such a big part in the comics side of the Marvel Universe that I thought his character was going to be a great addition to the MCU.
He was…just not for very long.
What do you think about making everyone a potential target? Does it keep the story fresh? Does it make for good surprises for longtime comics fans? Or does it needlessly kill off great characters just to keep the viewers off-balance? Sound off below and let us know how you feel about it!
The first two seasons of Daredevil are available to stream now on Netflix.