Want Daredevil: Born Again has the equivalent of an R rating when it joins the MCU on Disney+ in 2024? A new rumor may have answered this.
Many have been asking that question since the show was first confirmed for development at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, when Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio team up to reprise their roles as Matt Murdock and the Kingpin. And while it’s still unclear whether the Disney+ series will be a direct continuation of their adventures in Netflix’s Defenders Saga, there’s growing hope that it will bring the same level of mature storytelling as last time Daredevil performance.
The MCU is confirmed to move into more R-rated content in the coming years thanks to Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 3, with the same trend starting up on Disney+ as well. Still, even as fans have been anticipating the MCUs Daredevil reboot to use the same mature rating as its predecessor, nothing has been confirmed in this sense for the Disney+ series yet.
But now, as Marvel Studios prepares for Daredevil’s expanded production schedule, a new update lets fans know what to expect on the ratings front.
Will Daredevil have an R rating on Disney+?
Insider KC Walsh addressed whether Daredevil: Born Again will be rated TV-MA (R-rating equivalent) when it premieres on Disney+.
Answering a fan question on Twitter, Walsh wasn’t the only one doing it confirm that the show will not be R-rated, but he also noted that “it was never going to be” and explained that it doesn’t matter provided the show is good:
“A.) No it won’t, it never was going to be
B.) DD is not an R rating, anyone who has opened a comic can tell you that
C.) who the hell cares as long as it’s good”
Series star Charlie Cox also spoke to New Musical Express about his work in the MCU, expressing his feelings about the series being “a reincarnation” and something “different” from what he has done with Daredevil in the past:
“This has to be a reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing it?”
Cox reminisced about his recent appearance in the She-Hulk: Lawyerwhich showed Matt Murdock as “quick-tempered and funny and charismatic and carefree at times.”
Although he does not expect the restart to be “as bloody” like the original series he still feels Daredevil is best suited for “a slightly more mature audience:”
“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.”
In closing, Cox addressed fans who simply want more of the same show that appeared on Netflix, and wanted it “take the things that really worked” and maybe “appeals to a slightly younger audience” in the process:
“I would say to those people, we’ve done it. 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?”
No R rating for Daredevil, but still mature
While there is certainly a market for R-rated material, even within the MCU itself to some degree, it doesn’t seem like the Disney and Marvel teams are 100% focused on making sure that Daredevil: Born Again is bloody, gory and extra violent. In the end, Charlie Cox, his co-stars, and the crew are primarily trying to deliver the best story for Matt Murdock that they possibly can, especially now that he’s fully integrated into the larger MCU.
However, fans should be optimistic about Cox’s comments, as he expresses a desire to see a different side of Matt Murdock than the funnier version that interacted with Jennifer Walters in She-Hulk. While there’s a side of his personality that should be included in the story, Cox wants to make sure it doesn’t get lost in what could be a deep and mature journey in this reboot.
Fortunately, with an MCU-record 18 episodes in this show’s first season, Marvel should have the perfect opportunity to be as mature and deep as possible while still providing the Daredevil story that celebrates his run in the comics.
Daredevil: Born Again will begin filming in February 2023, and it will launch on Disney+ in spring 2024.