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The man without fear...and without his memories.

I'm lost. I know who I am. I know where I belong...but the whole's gone blind.
— Matt Murdock

A Milestone Celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Marvel Knights Imprint (which revived properties like Daredevil, The Punisher, and Black Panther), Marvel Knights 20th (or MK20) is a 2018 six-issue mini-series written by Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Tini Howard, and Vita Ayala and illustrated by Travel Foreman, Niko Henrichon, Damian Coucerio, Joshua Cassara, and Kim Jacinto.

"In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment. He doesn't know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him. Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green."

"But all of that is about to change."


Tropes included in MK20:

  • Ambiguous Situation: Karen Paige isn't given much of a definitive answer. At first she seems to be a hallucination of Matt's, but it turns out everyone can see her which suggests a ghost. When they confront the Sentry, he can't see her and it's suggested she came as an answer to Matt's prayers.
  • Amnesiac Hero: So far, only Matt seems to have full amnesia, while other heroes and villains seem to have forgotten their superheroic identities (without actually losing their powers — She-Hulk's hand still turns green, even if she doesn't see it).
  • Back for the Finale: Editorial version: Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti are helping edit the book, since they were the original creators of the Marvel Knights Imprint.
  • Back from the Dead: Karen Page. Maybe.
  • Big Bad: Doctor Doom. Maybe.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Frank Castle meets Elektra Natchios. Frank wants her to come with him. Elektra doesn't. In the ensuing battle, Frank barely touches her, while she manages to stab him in the chest (he had a bulletproof vest) and nearly break his nose. Even when he has the upper hand, she manages to get away and clock him with a plant.
  • Deconstruction: The story as a whole deconstructs the original idea of Marvel Knights, which told standalone stories in the Marvel Universe. This concept drives the plot of Marvel Knights 20th, as the Marvel Universe has been literally forgotten by its inhabitants.
  • Divine Intervention: Karen Paige seems to exist as an answer to Matt's prayers. She knows how to guide them to restore everything.
  • Dramatic Irony: Frank Castle hopes that the next person they "wake up" is better than Matt Murdock. We, the reader, know that since the next person is Elektra, they won't be.
  • Loss of Identity: Every superhero and supervillain in New York (and possibly beyond). Some don't remember who they are (like Matt and Bullseye), while some only remember their civilian life (like Frank and Jennifer Walters).
  • Not His Blood: When Castle sees that Bruce Banner's clothes are covered in blood, Banner creepily says that it's not his.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Frank refers to the "man with the claws" as the last person he "woke up" before Daredevil. Since Daredevil beat Frank and ran away, we don't know exactly what Logan did, but Frank somehow survived it.
  • Ontological Mystery: A blind man finds himself in a graveyard without memories. It doesn't get more ontological than that.
  • Quest for Identity: Part of it — the other part is finding out who did it and how to reverse it.
  • Real After All: After Matt remembers that Karen Page is dead, it seems that the person he is talking to is just a figment of his imagination...until Elektra points out that she can see her, too.
  • The Reveal: Issue #4 reveals the device that caused the lost identities of the heroes. The device that Reed developed to erase everyone's memory of the Sentry was stolen and appropriated by someone with sinister motives.
    • According to T’Challa memory of events Daredevil, Punisher, Elektra, and Hulk were the ones that erased the worlds memory of superheroes.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Not Bruce Banner, but the Hulk has it.
  • Spanner in the Works: Whoever wiped all of their memories didn't seem to account for Bruce Banner's other self. Banner himself may not remember who he was, but the Hulk does and provides him with information through automatic writing.
  • Superhero Paradox: The climax of reveals that this was the cause of the whole plot. A vision of the future showed the heroes that if superhumans, good and bad, continue to exist that an eventual crisis will level enough devastation to ruin the world. To prevent this they erased all memory of heroes and villains. In the end they realize it wasn't worth it and put things to right.
  • Wham Line:
    Elektra: Three of us? What about her? How does she fit in?
    Daredevil: Wait...what do you mean? [turns to Karen Page] You can see her, too?!


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