Charlie Cox made his mark playing Daredevil while that show aired on Netflix. His performance as the titular superhero did help bring a new look and feel to the character we really hadn’t seen before. It was something of a breath of fresh air considering they greatly humanized Matt Murdock while also giving him an edge and sadness that made everything play so well on screen. And it looks like Cox did such a great job that Marvel wants to keep him firmly in the role. It appears Charlie Cox has signed on for yet another Disney+ show playing Daredevil.
Marvel Studios recasting Charlie Cox as Daredevil has been hanging around the rumor mill for months now, but it appears we are finally getting official word about another project. The latest has it that Cox will take part in the series Secret Invasion. This show, on Disney+, will star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelson as Talos. It will follow the epic comic book storyline that puts almost the entirety of the Marvel comic book universe in a fight against the Skrulls. That shape-shifting alien race has infiltrated Earth and are posing as all different heroes and leaders. Daredevil apparently is joining the fray in some shape or form.
This news about Charlie Cox expanding his role in the Marvel Universe comes on the heels of other rumors that have the actor reprising the character in the upcoming Spider-Man 3. Like Secret Invasion, the former is setting up to be a true event on screen, bringing together a massive ensemble cast. It will include previous iterations of the Spider-Man universe with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield jumping into the web-slinging suit. But a ton of other characters look like they are getting in the mix as well.
Charlie Cox staying in the Daredevil role is such welcome news for the Marvel brand as they attempt to retain continuity from previous iterations of characters who existed outside Marvel Studios. Daredevil, of course, first appeared on Netflix with Cox in the lead role. The show began The Defenders arc on the streaming platform, introducing a set of characters who lived in the same timeline as The Avengers movies but never could make mention of the latter.
Daredevil ran for three seasons earning fantastic reviews and critical acclaim, sitting at an average 91% on Rotten Tomatoes for its run. A big reason was what Charlie Cox brought to the role as Matt Murdock, a trial lawyer by day and vigilante at night. It was something of an origin story for the blind character and Cox handled it perfectly. It’s easy to see why Marvel wants to bringing him into the fold rather than casting a whole new actor.
The reason Charlie Cox can now fully join the Marvel Studios universe is that the rights Netflix had over his Daredevil character along with the rest of that crew (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher) finally hit its sunset this year. Marvel was then able to take back control of the production rights. The timeline wasn’t the same for each character, effectively having to wait two years since each appeared on Netflix, but they’ve all made their way over now.
Whether we see the rest of the Netflix crew make their way over remains to be seen. Chances are good most are worked into the fold. But it’s a good start with Charlie Cox here and signals Marvel is completely willing to keep the character continuity when they have the perfect casting done already. The six-episode Secret Invasion is set to start filming this April.