The villains in Daredevil (Netflix) seem like a loose coalition, all with separate goals but willing to work with the Kingpin in order to achieve them.
The goals of some of the villains seem obvious:
- Leland Owlsley is in it for the money. He even
steals from the Kingpin. In hindsight, not the wisest move.
- The Russians are also in it for the money. Fisk allows them to traffic drugs and people, and with his help they've replaced the Italian mob as the tough guys of the underworld. They are also pretty clueless and clearly expendable.
But what about the other villains?
- What does Nobu and his clan want? This is clearly not the actual Yakuza, but some sort of mystical band of ninjas. They are invested in some sort of superweapon they call the Black Sky (which is never truly resolved or explained). But separate from the Black Sky, they are also expecting Fisk to give them some sectors of the city. They seem to be interested in some buildings/zones in particular. Why? What end goal do they have in NYC, even if it turns out Nobu's Clan is actually
The Hand from the comics?
Madam Gao explicitly tells Leland trading heroin was never her goal, that it was an unimportant means to something way grander. She says her blind workers blinded themselves voluntarily out of "faith" in something grander (or something like that). What was it? Faith in what? If Madam Gao is a character from the Daredevil comics, is this goal at least hinted at?
Wilson Fisk himself talks of "rebuilding" the city, and it's clear he is doing some kind of ultraviolent gentrification. In the process, he turns cops into murderers, and corrupts politicians and judges, demonstrably making the city even worse. So that's his goal? Forced gentrification? Seems odd for a supervillain...
What were these villains trying to achieve? Did they share Fisk's vision? Did each of them have a grand goal?