Born Again Won’t Be As Dark As Netflix Series, Says Charlie Cox | Popgen Tech
However, the show should still be more mature than the average MCU production.
While the fans are excited to see Charlie Cox returns as the Man Without Fear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re all still wondering if the upcoming Marvel Studios will maintain the dark and gritty tone of Netflix’s past Daredevil series. For better or worse, Devil of Hell’s Kitchen reveals that Marvel Studios’ take on Daredevil won’t be as dark as previous iterations of the character, though it will be more mature than the average MCU production .
After a failed theatrical adaptation starring Ben Affleck as the blind vigilante, Daredevil gets a new lease of life outside of the comic book on Netflix’s Protectors universe. Initially conceived by Marvel Television as part of the MCU, the Protectors The universe took on TV shows and characters aimed at a more mature audience, showing just how bloody and violent superhero stories really can be. Despite the success of the experiment, Marvel Television was shut down, and Marvel Studios took over the production of TV shows to unify the MCU into a single coherent story. As a result, Daredevil fell into limbo as no one could tell if the show would remain canon.
There are many hints to tell the fans Daredevil: Born Again won’t be a direct sequel to the beloved Netflix show. For starters, the introduction of the Multiverse concept in Phase 4 of the MCU allows for the existence of multiple versions of Daredevil. In addition to that, Cox’s Daredevil enters Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law it feels different from the rough version we like. However, while Cox understands why fans are asking for the previous version of the vigilante to be brought back, the star also feels it’s time to do something new. In an interview for NME, Cox said, “I would say to those people, we’ve done that. Let’s take things that really worked, but can we expand? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience already we’re not losing what we’ve learned about what works?”
The perception of a kid-friendly Daredevil may be troubling since the character usually deals with more mature topics. Fortunately, while Cox doesn’t think Marvel Studios will allow as much gore as Netflix, he is confident Daredevil: Born Again will be more mature than other MCU productions. As Cox said, “my opinion is that this character works best when he’s geared toward a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that with Disney+, it’s going to be dark, but maybe not gory.”
Who is Involved in Daredevil: Born Again?
Daredevil: Born Again was created by Matt Corman and Chris Ordwho previously collaborated with Covert Affairs. Besides Cox, the series is also returning Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, a part he played on Netflix Daredevil and Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye. New cast additions include The Many Saints of Newark star Michael Gandolfini, Margarita Levievaand Sandrine Holt.
Daredevil: Born Again is coming to Disney+ in the Spring of 2024. Check out our interview with D’Onofrio about his MCU revival: