Fans of Netflix’s famous Defenders Saga were heartbroken when popular heroes like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and others were forced to say goodbye in 2018. Fortunately, 2021 provided a ray of light for fans, as all six programmes were moved to Disney+, and both Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe hinting at the return of Daredevil.
As Marvel Studios expands both Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk’s roles, the question of whether the Netflix shows are canon to the main MCU or if they are variations of their original readings continues to rage – a topic that appears doomed to never be addressed.
In any case, Daredevil will return to Disney+ with a new series created and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, confirming recent speculations. The much-anticipated series may be a while off, as scripting is only being started, but there will be plenty of hints before then.
The Daredevil relaunch on Disney+ has only recently begun writing under Matt Corman and Chris Ord, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already begun teasing the series across four projects.
Although Matt Murdock was not seen or addressed in Hawkeye, Vincent D’Onofrio returned as Daredevil’s big villain Kingpin. The crime boss and his business saw some fascinating advancements in the series, as he was revealed to be the man behind the Tracksuit Mafia, an enterprise he no doubt built significantly during his five-year Blip as a survivor of the snap.
Maya Lopez, aka Echo, was also discovered to have tight ties to Fisk. Lopez was certainly taken after by the criminal leader when she was younger, and the deaf hero rose through the ranks to play a significant part in the Tracksuit Mafia later in life. However, after learning that Kingpin was responsible for her father’s death, Lopez pursued him and allegedly shot him only minutes after he lost a fight to Kate Bishop.
The current status of Kingpin is unknown, but there’s no doubt he survived the off-screen gunshot and will emerge in both Echo and Daredevil in the future.
After the Netflix series Daredevil was canceled in 2018, fans worried that it might be the final time Charlie Cox’s beloved Daredevil appeared on television. That is, until Matt Murdock appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home and offered to represent Peter Parker after he was accused of murdering Mys chevalier.
Murdock appeared to be acting in a strictly legal capacity for the most part; yet there was a slight hint of his superhuman nature when he caught a brick flying through the window with only one hand. The brief cameo didn’t reveal much about what the blind lawyer had been up to since his last appearance, but his legal firm must have been thriving because he was recruited in such a high-profile case.
Daredevil’s return is a foregone conclusion in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Jennifer Walters, the eponymous character, has already been revealed to be leading a superhuman legal branch, and Matt Murdock has a stake in the field after representing Peter Parker in Spider-Man.
According to reports, Charlie Cox’s Daredevil will appear in multiple episodes of She-Hulk as a supporting character, most likely in a legal and heroic capacity. Daredevil will reportedly be dressed in a comic-accurate yellow suit rather than his dark red Netflix outfit this time around.
It’s unclear whether She-Hulk will take place before or after Spider-Man: No Way Home, but presuming the show is canon, it will provide a much fuller picture of what Murdock has been up to in the six years between his blockbuster Netflix series and the current MCU.
A recent listing appears to reveal that Cox’s Murdock and D’Onofrio’s Kingpin will appear in the Hawkeye spin-off Echo, marking the first time the two have appeared in the same project since 2018.
Kingpin may still be chasing her father’s killer in the Disney+ series, having presumably survived Lopez’s assassination attempt. Given Daredevil’s previous combative relationship with Fisk, it’s probable he’ll pair up with Echo once more to take on the crime boss.
Daredevil has had a love relationship with Echo in various comic runs, and the two share sensory impairments. The MCU, however, does not appear to be interested in continuing this romantic arc due to the fourteen-year age gap between Charlie and Alaqua Cox.
While Echo may be the last MCU project with evidence pointing to Daredevil’s involvement, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of him appearing in later projects.
In No Way Home, Matt Murdock’s major concern was defending Peter Parker, but he also provided legal assistance to Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan. Tony Stark’s best buddy had been accused of being involved in the disappearance of Stark technology, which proved to be accurate when many parts were later discovered at his condo.
After catching a brick, the blind attorney told Happy that he would need a “very good lawyer,” before describing himself as a “really good lawyer.” Murdock and Hogan were even seen in a corporate-looking room in a deleted shot, implying that he would actually be his legal counsel.
Surprisingly, No Way Home left the unresolved Stark technology story thread hanging, as well as Happy’s current legal standing. With Armor Wars set to be a series about Iron Man’s legacy as his technology slips into the wrong hands, a cameo from Happy seems a foregone conclusion, and Matt Murdock may join him.
All of these appearances will eventually lead up to the much-anticipated Daredevil on Disney+, whether it’s Season 4 of the Netflix program, a sequel to the original series, or a total reinvention. Charlie Cox will definitely reprise his eponymous role, with Matt Corman and Chris Ord writing the script, but how much of the original cast will return is unknown.
With Daredevil being teased in so many projects, Marvel Studios is clearly keen to start tying him to the other heroes as soon as possible. There’s a good probability the MCU is gearing up for him to join a superhero team like the Avengers in the near future, which would mean more crossovers in the years to come.
Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox, is currently available to view on Disney+.