- “We don't live in a world that's fair. We live in this one. And I'm doing everything I can to make it a better place.”
- ―Matt Murdock[src]
Daredevil (real name Matt Murdock) is a fictional superhero from Marvel Comics. He is the protagonist of the 2015 Marvel/Netflix television series Daredevil, and also appears in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Peter Parker's lawyer. He is played by Charlie Cox.
In his civilian life, Matt is a morally-driven brilliant lawyer with his partner and best friend Foggy Nelson and his secretary/love interest Karen Page, and combats criminals and injustice both legally and vigilantly, making enemies out of those such as crime boss Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin, and the evil ninja clan The Hand. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daredevil was briefly the leader of the Defenders, a temporary team of fellow vigilantes consisting of Jessica Jones, Power Man, and Iron Fist.
Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett.
Matt Murdock began as the normal son of champion boxer "Battlin'" Jack Murdock, until he lost his sight in an accident while saving an old man from being ran over by a cargo truck hauling toxic waste. However, in losing his sight, the chemical waste also amplified his other senses, granting him superhuman sensory, allowing him to hear things miles away, see through feeling vibrations, and smell something particularly potent in order to anticipate danger. Following the murder of his father, he was taken in by the cold, elderly ninja master Stick, and trained in martial arts, in addition to overcoming his trauma and fear, he uses both to become the costumed vigilante Daredevil, wearing a red-and-black costume evocative of a traditional devil.
Matt maintains an idea of justice and righteousness that he carries with him through work as a lawyer by day and a vigilante by night. While professional, Matt is not without a sense of humour and is very easygoing with his friends. Quips about his blindness don't bother him, and he even frequently jokes about it himself. Despite this, when under stress, Matt pushes the people around him away, attempting to take all responsibility upon himself to fix Hell's Kitchen. Although he tries to be a pillar of strength and support for the people around him, Matt can only take so much pressure before he breaks down.
As Daredevil, Matt is cruel and ruthless towards criminals. Although he refuses to kill, Matt is not afraid to break bones or torture his targets to get what he is after, even if his targets are not criminals themselves. Due to his extremely violent nature as a vigilante, Matt realises that he has the potential to become the very thing he hates and takes care to never cross that line.
Powers and abilities
- Superhuman Senses/Radar Sense: Matt became blind in a chemical accident when he was nine years old, the chemicals increase his four remaining senses to superhuman levels, as he got older his powers got stronger, by the time he became an adult, Matt had gained full control over his senses and can use them very proficiently. Through a combination of all of his heightened senses, Daredevil is able to perceive the world around him through a radar-like sense. As everything looks orange and red as if "the world's on fire".
- Superhuman Hearing: Daredevil's hearing is far sharper than a bat's hearing. Daredevil's hearing is so acute that he can tell whether people are lying or not, based on the rate of their heartbeat.
- Superhuman Smell: Daredevil's smell far sharper than a dog's smell.
- Superhuman Taste: Daredevil's sense of taste is far better than a normal human's.
- Superhuman Touch: Daredevil's sense of touch is far better than a normal human's.
- Expert Lawyer: Matt is an excellent lawyer.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Daredevil is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist.
- Master Stick Fighter: Daredevil is a highly skilled stick fighter.
- Indomitable Will/High Tolerance for Pain: Daredevil is fearless. Under no situation does he ever give up.
- Heightened Reflexes: Daredevil has excellent reflexes.
- Heightened Agility: Daredevil has excellent agility.
- Heightened Dexterity: Due to his superhuman hearing Matt has excellent balance giving him perfect equilibrium, increasing his agility and refining his movements.
- Free Running/Acrobatics/Stealth: Daredevil is capable of scaling buildings and running from rooftop to rooftop easily.
- Multilingual: Matt is capable of fluently speaking English and Spanish.
Weapons and Equipment
- Daredevil suit: Matt wears a red leather protective suit as his superhero alter-ego, Daredevil, to hide his identity from his enemies when he goes out fighting crime.
- Billy Club: It functions as a multi-purpose cane with different modes, such as two short sticks or a larger staff.
Matt Murdock makes a brief appearance near the start of the film as Peter Parker's lawyer after he is framed for the death of Mysterio. Murdock is able to get the charges not to stick against Parker, to the young Avenger's relief, alongside his aunt and Happy Hogan. Murdock catches a brick that smashes the apartment window before Peter, confusing him. To cover up his identity as a superhero, Matt tells Peter he is a really good lawyer.
Matt Murdock will appear in this series.
Matt Murdock will appear in this series.
Daredevil is a playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance as a Scrapper character. He can be unlocked in a regular manner using Command Points. In addition, Daredevil has two other costume variants. The first costume is based on his original costume in the comics that can be unlocked by completing all the tasks in Season 2, Chapter 3. The second costume is based on his first costume in his Netflix show that can be unlocked by completing the Covert Task: "Man Without Fear" tasks.
Daredevil is a playable character in Marvel: Contest of Champions as a Skill champion. He has two variants in the game, with one of them based on his classic design and the other based on his upgraded costume at the end of the first season of the Daredevil Netflix show.