The upcoming Daredevil: Born Again series, starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, will be “a whole new thing,” according to Cox, who will play the title character. Phase 5 of the MCU will include Daredevil: Born Again, which will be the MCU’s 27th television series overall.
In the 2015 Netflix-exclusive television series Daredevil, Cox made his debut as Matt Murdock. Cox also played Daredevil in the 2017 Netflix miniseries The Defenders. The series had three seasons. Although Netflix terminated Daredevil in 2018, there were rumors that the show might return on Disney+ after the streaming service’s November 2019 launch. It was announced in May 2022 that a Daredevil TV series was in the works for Disney+ and that Cox would return to the title role alongside Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. There have been discussions since the announcement about whether the new show would serve as a fourth season for Daredevil or if it would be a total reboot.
Cox firmly claimed that Daredevil: Born Again is something entirely new in an interview with Extra. Cox says there won’t be a fourth season of the show and he’s happy Daredevil will be starting over. The full statement from Cox is below.
“It is a Season 1, it is not Season 4, so it is a whole new thing. Which I think is the way to go. If you are going to do it again, do it differently.”
This Disney+ series offers the chance to see the lighter side of Cox’s Murdock as seen in recent MCU projects, whereas Cox’s initial Daredevil series took on the darker tone that all of Netflix’s Marvel series did, including Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Cox appeared briefly in Spider-Man: No Way Home as Daredevil, and in the She-Hulk midseason trailer, she is seen giving Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) some legal counsel. Daredevil is also planned to be in the upcoming Marvel series Echo and Spider-Man: Freshman Year, the upcoming Spider-Man animated series.
It only makes sense that Daredevil should be reborn to blend in with the rest of Marvel’s projects given how much darker the Netflix Marvel series were in tone than the rest of the MCU. Although it’s too soon to predict what to expect specifically from the upcoming Daredevil series, Cox’s recent MCU projects indicate that it will be much more fun than the Netflix version. The MCU may also be able to pick and choose which characters from the previous series to incorporate into their canon, if any, in addition to Cox’s Matt Murdock and D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk. Whatever they decide, fans can expect to see a completely different side of Matt Murdock in the coming years thanks to Cox’s endorsement of the strategy for Daredevil: Born Again.