Charlie Cox: Daredevil Less Gory on Disney Plus, plans 11-month shoot

Charlie Cox: Daredevil Less Gory on Disney Plus, plans 11-month shoot

After fully debuting his MCU-sanctioned Matt Murdock/Daredevil in “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” over the summer, actor Charlie Cox is finally gearing up to lead his own MCU project with the 18-episode Disney+ series “Daredevil: Born Again.” The actor confirmed to NME that he will spend almost all of 2023 filming the Marvel project.

“They told me, ‘We’re going to shoot in 2023,'” Cox said. “I said, ‘Great, when?’ They said “All of 2023”. I start shooting in February and finish in December.”

An 11-month shoot and an 18-episode season will make “Daredevil: Born Again” the biggest Marvel project on Disney+ to date. “I’m fascinated to discover why they’ve chosen to do 18,” Cox said. “I imagine there’s going to be an element of it that’s like the old procedural show. Not necessarily case of the week, but something where we go deep into lawyer Matt Murdock and get to see what his life is like. If it’s done right and he really gets dirty in that world… I think there’s something pretty interesting about that.”

There’s also the question of what a “Daredevil” show would look like on Disney+. Cox originally played the character in three seasons of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” which quickly became popular with fans for its brooding tone and graphic violence. The Netflix series was a far cry from Disney’s more family-friendly image.

“My opinion is that this character works best when he’s aimed at a slightly more mature audience,” Cox told NME. “My instinct is that on Disney+ it will be dark, but it probably won’t be as gory. I would say to [people hoping the Disney+ show copies the Netflix show], we have done that. Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we expand? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we’ve learned about what works?”

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Cox’s supporting turn on “She-Hulk” was praised by fans and gave them their first look at the lighter, Disney-approved iteration of the superhero. The character even had an updated costume. Cox spoke with Variety about what it was like to put on the new costume for the first time.

“When we were getting ready to shoot it, they took me out to Los Angeles to fit on a suit, which I assumed was just to make sure the old one still fit,” Cox said. “I showed up at this warehouse. Hanging in a bag on a railing was my suit which I recognized as the one I had worn in the exhibition before. While I was waiting, there was one computer generated drawing on the wall of another superhero. I looked at it, like, “Oh, that guy is cool.” And then I looked more closely, and I thought, ‘Wait, that guy’s me.'”

Cox continued: “There was a rendition of this gold and red suit and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s so cool.’ It’s such a great homage to some of the previous Daredevil runs. I got goosebumps thinking about this moment, wearing it and the fans’ reaction.”

“Daredevil: Born Again” will not debut on Disney+ until 2024.

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