Matt Murdock won’t be the only skilled blind fighter on screen when Daredevil hits Netflix in May 2015. Marvel has announced that Scott Glenn (Silence of the Lambs, The Hunt for Red October), will join the series as Stick, “the mysterious martial artist and mentor of Matt Murdock.” Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Murdock), Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page) and Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson) as part of the main cast. This will be the second time Stick is realized in live-action, following Terrence Stamp’s portrayal in Elektra.
Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, said this about Glenn’s inclusion.
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. 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.
Stick was introduced during Frank Miller’s critically acclaimed run on Daredevil. He trained a young Matt Murdock in combat and how to control his radar sense, although Stick himself had a much more powerful “proximity” sense.” Later, he was revealed to be leader of the Chaste, a mystical martial arts group, and eventually died after saving Daredevil New York City from The Hand, another martial arts order that Daredevil and Spider-Man fans should be quite familiar with.
Although he’s only described as Matt’s mentor for the show, it’s a good bet that Stick’s inclusion means The Hand will also play a role in the series, especially considering how lately in the comics they’ve been serving the Kingpin. However, whether we see Stick only in flashbacks or also in the present is unclear. Regardless, Marvel scored a huge win recruiting Glenn into the cast. I can’t wait to see what he does with the character.