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Published November 28, 2016

The Dangers of Being Daredevil's Friend

The only thing more dangerous than being the Man Without Fear himself is being his friend.

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The only thing more dangerous than being the Man Without Fear himself might just be being his friend. Below, DAREDEVIL writer Charles Soule discusses the friends and lovers who have suffered for their connection to Matt Murdock.

Ben Urich
“I think he keeps Matt honest,” the writer suggests. “One of the first people he ever trusted with his secret identity, and he showed himself time and time again that he was worthy of that trust. Murdock knows that if Daredevil ever crosses the line, that Ben Urich will make sure the world knows it—and that’s a good thing.”

Foggy Nelson
“The best friend, for every reason in the world,” asserts Soule. “He’s as much of a hero as Daredevil is, which is even more impressive, considering he does it without ninja skills or hyper-senses. I hope these two can work out their current differences.”

Karen Page
“Tragic,” the writer laments. “I hated the way she went out in ‘Guardian Devil’—not that it was badly done, it just made me react so strongly; I hated it but I loved it. And poor Matt, he’ll never be over Karen.”

Milla Donovan
“Such an inspired creation by [Brian] Bendis and [Alex] Maleev,” enthuses Soule. “Milla suffered a bit—well, a lot—from her close association with Matt, but their brief marriage was a brilliantly-written and drawn chapter in Daredevil’s saga, and I could absolutely see her coming back again someday.”

Heather Glenn
“Man, running through Daredevil’s romantic interests really starts to be a litany of doom, doesn’t it?” Soules observes.

Black Widow
“I love Natasha, and she is very high on my list of characters to include in my DAREDEVIL run,” the writer reveals. “I know exactly where she’ll show up, too. Such a cool lady, and her own tragic past makes her a great complement to Murdock.”

Kirsten McDuffie
“Kirsten is awesome—one of my favorite things about Mark Waid’s run with Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera and the other amazing artists he worked with,” confesses the writer. “She seemed great for Matt, but she seems to be out of his life. I wonder how that happened? Find out in DAREDEVIL #17-20, coming soon!”

Stick
“The one and only,” states Soule. “There is no Daredevil without Stick—although sometimes I’m sure Matt wishes he’d never met him. Recreating that terrible dynamic Murdock had with his original teacher was part of why I decided to create Blindspot.”

Blindspot
“The latest addition to Daredevil’s world,” the writer explains. “He’s a young man—about 19—trying to do what he can to protect his own immigrant community in Chinatown. He’s brilliant, skilled and self-aware, but he’s in [Daredevil]’s world now, which can be dark, dangerous. I have big plans for [him] and how he’ll connect to [the] larger story, but first he may have to live through a story of his own.”

Read about the fate of Blindspot in DAREDEVIL #14 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney!

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