Two years later, Sorvigolov’s rights have returned to the MCU, but what this means for the future Devil of Hell’s Kitchen remains to be seen. In the meantime, to celebrate this, we can watch the latest characters from two original Fox films, starting with Sorvigolov 2003. The only comic character we didn’t know in the movie is Detective Nick Manolis, who played Lenny Loftin. Convinced that Daredevil is only an urban legend, Manolis eventually changes his mind when he meets the Justicier in person. He’s the one who stops Bullseye after a big fight, leaving the killer with broken bones. In the comic, Manolis not only knows Sorvigolov exists, but he actively supports him. …at least for a while. Well, let’s see.
Little is known about the early life of Nick Manolis, except that he was born and raised in New York City, was a widower and had a son who had to raise everything on his own. The NYPD officer, Lieutenant Manolis, has served 20 years on this badge, and his record is impeccable. Manolis, dressed in wine and honesty, was respected and trusted by everyone, not only by his colleagues, but also by the street superheroes, especially Sorvigolov, with whom he worked the most. They worked together when the killer Bullseye, who was to be operated on fatal brain tumor, fled the hospital for surgery and killed several doctors and three Manolis men guarding him. The officer and Daredevil together developed a plan to catch Bullseye, which was aimed at civilians trapped in random hallucinations, but one of Manolis’ subordinates, Delaney, frightened the killer with sirens, so he took several hostages. He cheekily scolded Delaney and started a thorough search for Bullseye, but Daredevil found him first: Manolis would have liked him to die, but the hero did not agree and returned to the hospital where the operation was a success. Manolis confronted Daredevil for the first time and said that the villain was inevitably responsible for the other dozens of deaths that could have been prevented if they had just let the tumor do its work or put a bullet in it, but Daredevil insisted that it was not up to them to decide who was alive and who was dead. The two men had deep respect for each other despite their differences, and they cooperated again when Vanessa Fiske was kidnapped and captured by the Lediciller in the hunt for the gladiator, who turned out to be innocent. Lieutenants Manolis and Smelchak continued to build confidence and together arrested the Purple Man, Stillman and the Madman. The daredevil was happy to find such a reliable ally in the NYPD, and he was sure that nothing could stand in the way of his friend’s honesty… but tragically, he underestimated a father’s love for his son.
Nick’s son was indeed the victim of heart mutilation, and the medical care was much higher than his salary, despite the police insurance. In his desperation to save his son, Nick agreed to a pact with the devil, Wilson Fiske, the king himself, who promised to take care of his son in exchange for destroying the reputation of the lawyer with whom he worked on certain cases, Matt Murdock. Commissioned by Kingpin, Manolis has publicly stated that Murdoch paid one of the witnesses in the Hendricks case by bribing him to make a false statement. With the reputation Manolis had, everyone believed him and Murdoch’s license was revoked. The same night, as Kingpin had planned, Daredevil went to his apartment and turned against Manolis based on his testimony, but the policeman pushed him away and then called Fiske, who confirmed that everything had gone according to plan and asked him to stick to his side of the bargain. Like any good businessman, Kingpin kept his word and paid for the operation: Manolis came to see his son at Bellevue Hospital and watched the nurses prepare him for surgery… and there he was seen by Ben Urich, who also confronted him with his false statement. Manolis refused to speak again. Unfortunately, the night Nick’s son died in surgery, all he did was in vain. In his desperation and anger Manolis reached Uriha outside the hospital and tried to tell her how and why he had set Murdoch up, but one of Kingpin’s killers, the troublesome nurse Lois Franklin, attacked them both: She broke Ulrich’s arm and made Manolis much worse. The good doctors came just in time to save Manolis and heal his wounds. As soon as the policeman regained consciousness, he asked for the phone and called Ulrich: He was always willing to tell everything he knew about the main character, because doing the right thing was the last thing he wanted to do… and that was really the case because Nurse Franklin was always there and she beat him to death as soon as she heard he was gonna turn against his boss.
Lieutenant Nick Manolis is a man of honor, an honest cop who plays by the rules, knows good from evil and chooses accordingly. He is an experienced detective and decorated officer, he is a veteran who knows his trade and can judge a person’s character perfectly. But despite his unshakeable principles and honesty, Manolis has a weakness: love for his only son, a weakness that evil people are willing to exploit.
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