If you raised an eyebrow (inside the cover) when it was announced that Disney+ Daredevil: Born Again is going to have an 18-episode season, Charlie Cox was fascinated with you.
“I’m fascinated to discover why they’ve chosen to do 18,” Cox, who did 13-episode seasons for Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, told NME.
“I imagine there’s going to be an element of it that’s like the old procedural show,” he ventured. “Not necessarily week-to-week, but something where we go deep into lawyer Matt Murdock and see what his life is like… I think there’s something pretty interesting about that, spending a lot of time in the everyday life of a superhero and really earning those moments that he fit.”
Meanwhile, Cox — who has yet to see a single script for the revival series (or sort of) — is getting ready to work, a lot. “I start shooting in February and finish in December,” he shared Daredevil: Born Again set for a Spring 2024 release (as part of Phase 5 of the MCU).
Written by Covert Affairs’ Matt Corman and Chris Ord and officially greenlit back in July, Daredevil: Born Again has Cox once again starring as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, while Vincent D’Onofrio will reprise his own Marvel’s Daredevil role, as the supervillain Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. Margarita Levieva (Vengeance), Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo) and Michael Gandolfini (The Many Saints of Newark) are all rumored to be part of the cast.
Cox told NME that it had been a couple of years since Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige called to invite him to join the MCU, given that Netflix’s iteration of The Man With No Fear (like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage et al) always was kept more than an arm’s length away from the larger big screen.
Since then, Cox has recorded as Matt Spider-Man: No Way Home and appeared in several episodes of the summer She-Hulk: Lawyer.
Cox noted that, as a comedy, She-Hulkhis version of Matt was “fast and funny and charismatic and carefree” – less brooding than he was on Netflix. And in Daredevil: Born Againwill he again separate from the character we got to know over 40+ episodes of Netflix series.
“This has to be a reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing it?” Cox claims. “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.”
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