Marvel continuity is important. So important that it takes precedence over a great many things in terms of storytelling. What’s most important is which stories remain canonized within the MCU or not. One of those elements happens to be that of Charlie Cox as Daredevil aka Matt Murdock. While fans have been elated to know that he has been chosen as the MCU version of Daredevil, the question remains about where the timeline for his return should be picked up. Cox recently revealed how he felt about the Daredevil series being used as canon. According to him, “In keeping with a lot of things in the MCU … It’s a good moment to have a few years [pass] … it’s reimagined. It’s slightly different … It’s ‘born again’.”
While it could be glaringly obvious that the timelines for the return of Daredevil could and would follow Season 3 of the show ending, things are not that simple. That fact is due to Daredevil taking place around 2018, before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. The “blip” hadn’t even happened while Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) was dealing with The Hand and Kingpin. Since Murdock appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it would mean that he has certainly appeared post-blip, making the return to his original timeline a bit confusing. The above comment of “born again” holds more meaning in this regard. If the MCU holds steady on their timeline, then five years have passed since we last saw Matt Murdock in Hell’s Kitchen. That could mean that he has experienced five years of life past the ending of the Daredevil show. It could and would be easy for Marvel to concoct a sort of “where has he been?” type of storyline.
The same can be said about Vincent D’Onofrio reappearing as Kingpin in the Hawkeye series. If he is also to be made the MCU version of Wilson Fisk, then he too exists in the post-blip universe. Both D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox are certainly welcome by all fans, as they have been some of the best-casted Marvel characters in the entirety of the MCU. While it might be easier to construct a Kingpin storyline, considering he is a big baddie in the Marvel universe and bides his time while building an evil empire, things could get a little tricky with Daredevil. He would have had to get tangled up with someone or something in the past five years, but what? A flashback episode or segment in a movie would be a smart way to clear those things up. Especially if we get to see Murdock’s response to the blip and how he ended up representing Peter Parker.
Whatever happens, Charlie Cox is Daredevil for the foreseeable future. While Marvel has yet to announce how they are going to handle his story going forward, everyone will be happy to see any manner of the Devil from Hell’s Kitchen. While a series would make the most sense, we could also use a Daredevil film, especially to erase the memory of Ben Affleck’s version out of our heads forever. We also need an extended on-screen battle between D’Onofrio and Cox.