The star also shared that the Disney+ series will likely be “dark, but it probably won’t be as gory” as its Netflix predecessor.
One of the most anticipated upcoming MCU series is “Daredevil: Born Again,” which sees Charlie Cox return to a leading role as the beloved superhero after his original Netflix series was canceled in 2018. And the British actor has plenty of time to enjoy playing Matt Murdock again. In a recent interview with NME, the actor said he will spend 11 months next year filming the massive 18-episode Disney+ series.
“They said to me, ‘We’re going to shoot in 2023,'” Cox told NME. “I said, ‘Great, when?’ They said “All of 2023”. I start shooting in February and finish in December.”
The 18-episode count for “Born Again’s” first season makes it the longest-running Disney+ MCU series by a wide margin — the other shows, like “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” and “Wandavision,” range from six to nine episodes total. It’s also significantly longer than the three Netflix “Daredevil” seasons, which were 13 episodes each. Cox shared the hope that this episode count would allow the show to explore Murdock’s life as a lawyer and superhero in greater detail than previously possible.
“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.”
After “Daredevil” was canceled, Cox eventually reprized his role as Murdock in last year’s blockbuster “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and in an episode of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law,” both of which were far more family-friendly. than the violent, dark storylines of the Netflix series — though “Attorney at Law” at least allowed Cox to engage in some sexy shenanigans with Tatiana Maslany’s superhero. When asked about the tone of the series, Cox said the series will likely be just as dark, albeit less graphic to appeal to a wider demographic.
“My opinion is that this character works best when he’s aimed at a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that on Disney+ it will be dark, but it probably won’t be as gory,” Cox said. “We have. Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we expand? Can we appeal to a little younger audiences without losing what we’ve learned about what works?”
“Daredevil: Born Again” will premiere on Disney+ in 2024. Cox will next be seen in the British series “Treason” on Netflix on Monday. He will also appear as Daredevil in the MCU series ‘Echo’, which will be released next year.