Although Marvel's corporate engine is busy building excitement for "Guardians of the Galaxy" this summer, there are other projects coming down the pipe. Among them is the first of several TV mini series being produced under the Netflix service, which has been critically acclaimed for allowing TV shows which would never survive on networks to thrive for subscribers. This initial series is "Daredevil", run by Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight as producers, and will begin with the first of thirteen episodes next year.
The first of these announcements was made at the end of May, when Charlie Cox was officially chosen to star as Matt Murdock. Best known for the TV hit "Boardwalk Empire" as well as the film "Stardust", Cox would become only the third actor to portray the character in live action; the previous two being Rex Smith in the 1989 TV movie "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" and Ben Affleck in Fox's 2003 feature film. The character, as created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, debuted in 1964 and celebrates his 50th anniversary this year.
Today, another big casting announcement was made by Marvel themselves. Vincent D'Onofrio, best known as the star of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as well as films such as "Full Metal Jacket" and "Men in Black", has been cast as Wilson Fisk, best known as the Kingpin. Although created as a villain for Spider-Man by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. in 1967's "Amazing Spider-Man #50", he began a long association with "Daredevil" during the run by Frank Miller in 1981 which continues to this day. More importantly, he was part of the overall "Daredevil" license which Fox once owned but has now reverted back to Marvel, saving the villain from being owned by Sony alongside their Spider-Man film license. The iconic organized crime leader was portrayed previously by John Rhys-Davies in 1989's TV movie "Trial of the Incredible Hulk" and by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in Fox's 2003 film.
It seems after the mixed reviews that ABC's "Agents of SHIELD" has gotten from critics, the producers of the Netflix series seek to gain more critical acclaim by reaching out to top caliber actors.