Daredevil, Marvel’s first Netflix series, has already started filming in New York City, but that doesn’t mean casting for the show has concluded. In addition to Charlie Cox, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Rosario Dawson and Deborah Ann Woll, Bourne Ultimatum actor Scott Glenn has just joined the cast as Daredevil’s blind sensei, Stick. “Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb told Marvel.com, “There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”
This addition, more so than any prior casting announcement, implies that the Netflix show will dive into ninja territory and spend some screen time showing how Matt Murdock became a skilled crime-fighter. With Stick now involved, there are a number of big name characters and organizations that the show could easily add next. Here are the five — or more — characters we might see cast next.
As DD’s greatest enemy and greatest love, this one’s a no-brainer for inclusion in anything Daredevil related. The daughter of a Greek ambassador, Elektra spent much of her young adult life training under Stick at the same time as the marital arts master also instructed Daredevil. This character is such a no-brainer that she might have already been stealthily cast. Dawson’s role on the show remains a mystery, with only rumors and vague information swirling about online. If Marvel’s going to draw out any casting announcement, it would be one as big as Dawson playing Elektra.
Stick belongs to an altruistic group of martial arts masters dedicated to fighting back the forces of the evil ninja clan called the Hand. If Stick’s around, then other members — the fittingly named Stone, Shaft, Claw, and others — could show up as well. Stone became a prominent ally of Daredevil’s during the Man Without Fear’s mission to rescue Elektra’s soul from the Hand’s clutches. His, and the rest of the Chaste’s inclusion, seems dependent on how mystical and ninja-ful “Daredevil” showrunner Steven S. DeKnight wants to go. Stick’s casting, though, hints that DeKnight and pals might introduce mystical elements into the MCU well before “Doctor Strange” hits the big screen.
If you have Stick and the Chaste, then you definitely need the ruthless and demonically-tinged ninja clan they were formed to fight. The Hand played a big role in Frank Miller’s first Daredevil run, and with Frank Miller faves like Stick and Kingpin appearing in the Netflix show, there’s a good chance that some of Miller’s creations could show up as well. The Hand initially appeared as assassins hired by the Kingpin — played by D’Onofrio on the upcoming series — to murder Daredevil. With Kingpin and Stick on the show, how could DeKnight resist including the Hand? Plus, if you’re going to show Daredevil becoming a martial arts master, you have to show him using those skills on people — preferably ninjas.
The Avenger played a role in the end of Frank Miller’s first “DD” run when she arrived at her ex’s home, near death, just as a full on war broke out between the Hand and the Chaste. Stick, Stone, and Black Widow all rounded out Murdock’s supporting cast as the horned hero desperately tried to prevent the Hand’s resurrection of Elektra. Of course, Black Widow’s a movie character — a major movie character. We rarely see actors of her level enter the MCU’s small screen counterpart; only Samuel L. Jackson has done so thus far. Getting Scarlett Johansson on Daredevil could lend the series some gravitas — and a whole lot of headlines. And if Black Widow’s not destined to get a solo film, then Marvel Studios should make up for that by putting her in everything they can.
Stick has been dead in the comics for a while, but that doesn’t mean that Matt’s forgotten all about his old instructor. The hero regularly flashes back to lessons he learned while studying under Stick; the most recent coming when Daredevil went up against Ikari, a villain every bit as skilled and dangerous as DD himself. In order to really demonstrate just how much Daredevil learned from Stick — or to demonstrate how much he still has to learn — the hero will have to fight someone more impressive than two dozen generic Hand ninjas. Be it Ikari, or Bullseye, or Typhoid Mary, or the even the Gorgon, some bad guy is going to have to put Matt Murdock through the wringer. Of all of those choices, though, we really want it to be Ikari. The Mark Waid/Chris Samnee creation has got a great look and is a formidable foe. He deserves to be immortalized on film.
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