When a Kingpin Loves a Woman

The tumultuous history of Wilson and Vanessa Fisk

Netflix’s Daredevil has been up for one week now, and I assume many have had ample time to get into it. Turn away if you haven’t because this will get spoilery. The show has received near universal praise by critics and fans, particularly for its mature sensibility. Not because it shows a lot of blood and has characters throwing around the word “shit” a lot, but because it features the kind of intelligent acting and writing that follows the template of “golden age” cable dramas, full of subtle long-game plotting and the clash of idealisms, beyond the relative straightforwardness of more adventure-minded Marvel movies and TV shows.