Daredevil Star Reveals New Show Is Different From Netflix Version

Charlie Cox says Daredevil: Born Again will be a completely different series from the Netflix show.

By Michileen Martin | Published

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If you’re expecting the upcoming Disney+ series Daredevil: Born Again to be a continuation of the Netflix show that first cast Charlie Cox as the titular crime-fighter, think again. In a recent interview with Extra TV, Cox said that while he hasn’t seen any scripts that his sense is that it will be “a new beginning, it is going to be different, it is going to be totally different. It is going to be new stories, and new ideas.”

Cox added that he had spoken with Kevin Feige and that the Marvel Studios president assured him that Daredevil: Born Again is not the fourth season of the Netflix series. Cox said, “it is a Season 1, it is not Season 4, so it is a whole new thing… If you are going to do it again, do it differently.”

Nothing Charlie Cox told ExtraTV necessarily means that the actual continuity of the Netflix series won’t be acknowledged in Daredevil: Born Again; only that the tone and overall character of the series will be different. It would seem awkward to completely reboot the narrative, especially with Vincent D’Onofrio reprising his role as Wilson Fisk. It’s possible the series could try some kind of clever avoidance by neither acknowledging the previous show while at the same time not disavowing its events, but that would mean avoiding the mention or appearance of such crucial Daredevil characters as Karen Page, Foggy Nelson, and Elektra Natchios.

Then again, with the Multiverse taking up so much of the conversation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe these days, Kevin Feige could be planning to reveal that Netflix’s Daredevil took place in an alternate universe; this could not only explain a reboot but also open up the possibility of characters like Foggy and Karen to return, not to mention perhaps even the returns of characters who died in the Netflix narrative like Stick (Scott Glenn) and Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall). But it would seem like a waste to essentially throw away three brilliant seasons of television, especially considering how beautifully the return of Wilson Bethel as Bullseye was set up at the end of Season 3.

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Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)

After long months of nonstop rumors and answering denials, the return of the Daredevil cast to active duty in the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to happen all at once. First the penultimate episode of Hawkeye‘s first season ended with a single shot of Vincent D’Onofrio returning to the role of Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. That same week Charlie Cox’s long-rumored appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Peter Parker’s lawyer, Matthew Murdock, was realized.

Daredevil is about to make an appearance in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and most expect him to be there for Echo, the series following the titular character who was introduced in Hawkeye. He’ll also be voicing an animated version of his signature character in the animated prequel series Spider-Man: Freshman Year. Regardless of whether or not his Netflix series remains MCU canon, it seems like the character will be plenty busy and creating all new kinds of canon along the way.