Charlie Cox offers a hypothesis as to why the forthcoming Daredevil: Born Again Disney+ series will be the longest production in the MCU. Cox is slated to star in the upcoming Phase 5 show after making appearances in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although it won’t be a continuation of Netflix’s Daredevil, it also won’t be a reboot or center on a different Matt Murdock in the MCU. The Disney+ drama will also feature a significant role for Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio.
While specifics of the plot are being kept under wraps, it is known that season one of Daredevil: Born Again will consist of 18 episodes. In a recent interview with NME, Cox offered a theory as to why Daredevil: Born Again received such a significant episode order. The MCU actor suggested the idea of “the old-school procedural” as a potential defense for the episode order. Although Cox doubts that Daredevil: Born Again will feature a case-of-the-week, he surmises that it is there to help Matt balance his dual roles.
“I’m fascinated to discover why they’ve chosen to do 18. I’m imagining there’s going to be an element to it that is like the old-school procedural show. Not necessarily case-of-the-week, but something where we go really deep into Matt Murdock the lawyer and get to see what his life is like. If that’s done right and he really gets his hands dirty with that world… I think there’s something quite interesting about that, to spend a lot of time in a superhero’s day-to-day life and you really earn the moments when he suits up.”
The MCU Disney+ Series Daredevil: Born Again Might Be Unique
The first season of Daredevil: Born Again has almost twice as many episodes to work with as the other MCU shows on Disney+. All the other shows had six episodes, but WandaVision, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and What If…? received nine each. Time will tell what it’s going to mean for the tv series to have so many additional episodes available since Daredevil: Born Again will begin filming in 2023. Until Agents of SHIELD’s final two years, no MCU series had more than 13 episodes per season; instead, each season featured 22 episodes.
Since it’s unlikely that almost all 18 episodes will be at least 42 minutes long, it’s unclear whether each episode will be a different length. Daredevil: Born Again, however, can differentiate itself from the earlier MCU programs on Disney+ thanks to this. The fact that Cox’s show will delve even further into the characters is one of its well-known characteristics. But besides Daredevil and Kingpin, other players might also be affected by this. With both of them showing up in Echo, Daredevil: Born Again might start concentrating on the MCU’s low-level perspective. With 18 episodes, Matt could interact more with other MCU characters like Echo, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, and perhaps even Spider-Man. Daredevil: Born Again would greatly benefit from this, even though Netflix’s Daredevil is canon to the MCU.
18 episodes for season one of Daredevil: Born Again is a lot for Disney+, but it might happen to other shows in the future. Furthermore, Daredevil’s existence is not assured. The episode order for Born Again season 2 would remain the same if it were renewed. It will be fascinating to see how Daredevil’s new show develops the character in different ways as the MCU makes him a more significant player. Hopefully, more information about Daredevil: Born Again will surface as 2023 gets underway.