TV Club: Marvel’s Daredevil: “The Path Of The Righteous”

No villain ever thinks they’re a villain. Not in real life. And yet that doesn’t keep the annals of pop culture from overflowing with diabolical mustache-twiddlers, baddies who revel in how downright evil they are. That might work in a self-aware parody like Dudley Do-Right, but in a superhero yarn, a one-dimensional evildoer can make the story more cartoonish and heavy-handed than it already is.

The creators of Daredevil have mostly avoided this trap, proving they know how to portray a villain in the most complex terms imaginable with Wilson Fisk. Granted, they’ve maybe explained the origins of his character a little too much at times, but they’ve always been concerned with why a terrible person is terrible, not just the misdeeds themselves. And that alone elevates Daredevil above pretty much every other entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In “The Path Of The Righteous,” writers …

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