The man without fear will become the man without sleep.
Disney+ Daredevil: Born Again will shoot for almost a year, reveals the man without fear himself, Charlie Cox. Cox also discussed the show’s unprecedented 18-episode order, and thought about what this could mean for the series structure during an interview with NME.
Cox first played blind vigilante Matt Murdock in Netflix’s Daredevil, a Marvel Television show originally planned to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, over the years, the series created by Marvel Television for Netflix became increasingly disconnected from the MCU until the division was completely shut down and Marvel Studios took over the production of television series for Disney+. While that means each new film and TV series is developed under the same roof and tells a single, cohesive story, it also puts fan-favorite shows such as Daredevil into limbo. That’s because no one today can say for sure if these characters still exist in the MCU.
Thanks to the introduction of the Multiverse concept in Phase 4 of the MCU, Marvel Studios has brought back stars who were part of previous iterations of Marvel stories. One of those actors is Cox, who had a cameo as Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home and recently appeared in an episode of She-Hulk: Lawyer. Cox’s MCU flourish was so well received by fans that Marvel Studios didn’t take long to announce Daredevil: Born Againa new show centered on the character.
Although no previous Marvel Studios series has received more than ten episodes, Daredevil: Born Again received an 18-episode order. Cox will be on set for nearly a full year to manage so much content. As the star puts it, “They said to me, ‘We’re going to shoot in 2023’. I said, ‘Great, when?’ They said, ‘All of 2023’. I’ll start shooting in February and finish in December.”
What is Daredevil: Born Again About?
While Marvel Studios has a history of keeping everyone in the dark until the last possible moment, Cox reveals that he still doesn’t know much about the show’s narrative. He confirms that the series will not be a direct sequel to Netflix’s take on the character, instead featuring a new version of the character in the MCU. Still, with so many episodes to fill, Cox has a clear idea of where the upcoming series could go. As Cox says:
“I’m fascinated to discover why they’ve chosen to do 18 [episodes]. 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 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, spending a lot of time in the everyday life of a superhero and really earning the moments when he sees fit. “
Daredevil: Born Again coming to Disney+ in spring 2024. Besides Cox, the series also brings back Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, a role he played in Netflix Daredevil and Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. Check out our interview with D’Onofrio about his MCU rise: