‘Daredevil’ Charlie Cox Says ‘Lying’ About the Superhero’s MCU Return Was a ‘Nightmare’

Ever since Netflix canceled Daredevil, Charlie Cox has been grilled about his return. And now that the actor can finally talk about his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, he’s revealing how challenging it was to lie about it.

The ‘Daredevil’ Netflix series was canceled in 2018

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in 'Daredevil'
Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in ‘Daredevil’ | Netflix

Cox’s Daredevil was the first of several popular Netflix Marvel projects. The show premiered in 2015 and introduced Cox as the Hell’s Kitchen superhero Matt Murdock; Vincent D’Onofrio as his nemesis Wilson Fisk/Kingpin; Elden Henson as his best friend and law partner Franklin “Foggy” Nelson; Deborah Ann Woll as his new secretary/journalist Karen Page; and Rosario Dawson as nurse Claire Temple.

Daredevil was followed by five interconnected superhero series — Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. All were set in New York City and featured overlapping storylines and characters. 

The series ran for three seasons. But in 2018, a month after the third installment premiered, Netflix announced Daredevil Season 4 wasn’t happening. The show was produced by Marvel Television — a studio that was dissolved in 2018 along with all of its projects. 

When asked about returning as Daredevil, Charlie Cox had to lie

Daredevil Season 3 ended with a cliffhanger. And ever since it was canceled fans have been hoping to see Cox return to tell the superhero’s story. 

The actor’s been pummeled with questions about his character’s future. And when rumors of his  Spider-Man: No Way Home cameo swirled, he flatly denied it was happening.

“It was a nightmare,” Cox told Supernova, noting he still doesn’t know how much he can talk about his MCU debut. “I don’t think I’ve done any interviews. I still don’t know what the rules are. Obviously, it’s now known that I’m in Spider-Man. So, yeah.”

And as far as his future in the MCU from this point forward, Cox hinted something’s in the works.   “The little I do know, I’m obviously not going to say,” he teased.

Charlie Cox didn’t know about his ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Daredevil cameo until the movie was being made

When Daredevil was canceled in 2018, Cox had no idea if he’d ever return as the superhero. And in his chat with Supernova, the actor admitted he didn’t know about the Spider-Man: No Way Home cameo until it was late in the game. 

“For a long time I was asked these questions and I genuinely had not heard anything,” Cox said.“For years, I have been asked questions about returning as Daredevil, and the genuine truth was I 100% assumed that was gone, that ship had just sailed.” 

“I didn’t hear from any of the folks at Marvel for a couple of years,” he recalled. “It does now look like I was lying for a long time, I actually wasn’t, I was only lying for a little bit of time. You still don’t want to spoil it for people.”

Well, in hindsight, it looks like Cox’s secret paid off. Audiences were shocked and thrilled to see him appear as Matt Murdock opposite Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And if the actor continues to keep mum about his superhero’s future, it’s because he still wants fans to experience that exciting element of surprise. 

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