Charlie Cox Talks About How Daredevil Born Again Could Act As A Soft Reboot For The Original Netflix’s Daredevil
As exciting as Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio’s return to the MCU has been, it was preceded by a question that has generated some controversy: is Daredevil canon? Given that the characters are being played by the same actors, some people conclude that it must be. Others, though are less clear for many, it seems as if Disney is taking the soft reboot path.
Referring to Daredevil Born Again, Charlie Cox, expressed his feeling that this is a “whole new situation.” It is a feeling that clearly suggests that he thinks it is entirely different from his previous series.
In the comic book adaptation of Born Again, Matt Murdock faces his toughest test yet as the Kingpin which wrecks his personal life. The Kingpin employs a mercenary Nuke to kill Matt Murdock when he is virtually left homeless. In addition, Matt’s interactions with Foggy Nelson and Karen Page experience some unexpected ups and downs. Born Again served as the main inspiration for Daredevil season 3, however it underwent the usual revisions that each comic book adaptation goes through. The characters Nuke (from Jessica Jones) and Bullseye (Wilson Bethel) were switched, and Matt returned to his original black suit. Other modifications included leaving out Captain America and the Avengers.
Daredevil season 3’s excellent portrayal of Born Again made the show’s conclusion the more difficult for its supporters as it was perfect. That disappointment is gone now that Daredevil is back in business, but it would still seem strange for the current MCU Daredevil to return to Born Again after having served as the basis for season 3 of Daredevil. That is unless the subtitle “Born Again” refers to something else or a complete relaunch.
Daredevil’s forthcoming appearance in Echo will surprise the world as Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige said in D23 this year.
Echo will launch on Disney+ in the summer of 2023, while Daredevil: Born Again won’t be available until the following spring of 2024 and will include 18 long episodes. The decision to air 18 episodes may have been made because Kevin Feige and the production team felt that the characters of Daredevil and Kingpin, portrayed by Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, needed a longer plot than just six episodes. However, 18 episodes is plenty for a season of a streaming series, which makes me think Daredevil: Born Again is more complex. There is still room for something remarkable to happen because the season might very possibly cover all of its material in 13 episodes, similar to the Netflix series.