‘Daredevil’ Fans Are Still Salty That Charlie Cox Didn’t Win an Emmy for Season 3

Marvel fans are used to the big-budget spectacles that MCU films are. But not every successful Marvel property is a movie or show that costs a lot to make. Daredevil was a popular Netflix series starring Charlie Cox that accrued quite a fan base.

Fans of the show were also vocal about Cox deserving more recognition for his performance, particularly during its last season. Let’s take a closer look at why fans were so salty Cox didn’t win an Emmy for the last season of the show. 

The Netflix series took a new approach to ‘Daredevil’

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The MCU has adapted some of Marvel’s most popular heroes to the big screen. It took a slightly different approach with some of its other, lesser known heroes.

Marvel created a series of Netflix TV shows focused on grittier, street-level characters unlike Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. These characters included Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Punisher, and Iron Fist. Eventually, many of them teamed up in a crossover series called The Defenders

One of those Netflix series focused on Daredevil. The last adaptation of the character was a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Ben Affleck in 2003.

The film wasn’t well-received and didn’t receive a sequel — though Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of Elektra did elicit a spinoff film. For the Netflix series, the fantastical elements of the character were stripped away. It was less like a superhero movie and more like a small, intimate exploration of how crime rots a neighborhood.

Cox was a hit with fans as the titular character, starring in the role for three seasons of the show before Netflix gave it the ax. 

The third season of ‘Daredevil’ was a gamechanger

Actor Charlie Cox
Actor Charlie Cox | Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Season three of the show introduced viewers to a new Matt Murdock. He’d lost the love of his life, Elektra.

He was no longer practicing law with his best friend. He spends the season attempting to stop his hated rival, Wilson Fisk. At the same time, he also has to deal with an emerging threat — a psychotic rogue FBI agent Benjamin Poindexter.

This became the MCU version of the famed Daredevil villain known as Bullseye. Ultimately, Matt defeats both foes and sends Fisk back to prison. Matt ends up reuniting with his friends Foggy Nelson and Karen Page, and the season ends on a somewhat happy note for our heroes. 

Netflix canceled the show, but before that announcement, Cox speculated on where the show might head in a hypothetical fourth season. He told the Hollywood Reporter that it would be interesting to explore a happier Daredevil: 

“At this point, I don’t know if there’s any intention of us doing more seasons. But were that to be the case, I think there’s an interesting challenge for the writers, because I don’t think we can do another season where Matt is so isolated, so alone, and so broken and angry.

I think in order to avoid being a broken record, we’re going to have to find a Matt Murdock that at least initially has a slightly different attitude toward the people that he loves, and toward himself, and toward God.”

It’s unclear whether this will be the last time MCU fans see Cox in the role, but some of them think he should have been honored for his work here. 

Some fans are still salty Charlie Cox didn’t win an Emmy for season three 

Marvel fans took to Reddit to rave about Cox’s performance in season three, even going so far as to talk about an Emmy nomination that never came. While they noted he has always done solid work in this role, he elevated his performance for his (potentially) finally outing as the Man Without Fear: 

“His acting was decent in season 1, 2 and Defenders, but he really took it up a whole new level for season 3.”

While the show is gone, there’s still a chance Marvel may bring back Cox into the MCU as a supporting character in another film or show. There’s no question that most Marvel fans would appreciate that decision.