Marvel Is Reportedly 1 Step Closer to Bringing Charlie Cox’s Daredevil Back to the MCU
It’s been nearly two years since Marvel’s Daredevil got a pink slip from Netflix. The streaming giant canceled the series on November 29, 2018. This is actually good news for Marvel fans because Netflix’s two-year hold on the Daredevil character rights is about to expire. As a result, Charlie Cox’s Daredevil could soon be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
‘Daredevil’ was a fan-favorite on Netflix before its cancelation
As Screen Rant points out, Marvel’s Daredevil TV series premiered on Netflix in 2015, and it quickly became a fan-favorite. Created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, the show starred Cox as Matt Murdock – AKA Daredevil.
Even though it was a web series, it shared continuity with the films in the MCU. Cox’s Murdock followed the character’s storyline in the comics. He’s a blind lawyer by day, and at night he fights crime as a masked vigilante.
The series also starred Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle/Punisher, Peter Shinkoda as Nobu Yoshioka, and Élodie Yung as Elektra Natchios.
It received positive reviews during each of its three seasons. And, Cox has said in interviews that he fully expected a fourth season. However, Netflix suddenly canceled the show and left the future of the Daredevil character up in the air.
One ‘Daredevil’ star recently shared his Marvel Television horror story
During the first two seasons of Daredevil, Shinkoda played the role of recurring villain Nobu Yoshioka. He appeared in nine episodes as the leader of the Hand. But, Shinkoda says he lost money playing the role due to out-of-pocket expenses.
Shinkoda says he spent thousands of dollars to avoid Marvel recasting the part. He explained that Loeb would often threaten to replace him with “another Asian.”
“Was flying myself back and forth from LA. Sometimes I’d get to NYC and my next day shoot is canceled and rescheduled for 10 days later,” Shinkoda tweeted. “Buy another economy flight back to LA. No reimbursements….I asked. 🤷🏻♂️I lost $7000 and months of my time to entertain the world…properly.”
He has also spoken out about Marvel Television’s habit of cutting the storylines of Asian characters. At SaveDaredevilCon, Shinkoda claimed that Marvel television head Jeph Loeb would often sideline the Nobu character. Or, he would simply veto stories that focused on Asian characters.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige wants to bring ‘Daredevil’ to the MCU
Shinkoda claims that Marvel Television has engaged in a number of discriminatory practices. He says they failed to invite him and Asian actress Wai Ching Ho to the season 2 premiere. Shinkoda says he only found out about it when they were live-streaming the event.
Despite Marvel’s push toward more diversity in the MCU, Shinkoda’s accusations insinuate it is nothing more than a facade. That being said, fans can’t necessarily judge Marvel based on Loeb’s alleged actions.
Now that Daredevil’s future is in Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige’s hands, it seems that the character is one step closer to joining the MCU. According to Geekosity Magazine, the chatter among insiders indicates Feige is considering bringing Cox back as Daredevil.
Sources also say that Feige is more interested in keeping Cox instead of following continuity with Loeb’s Netflix series. Fans will have to wait and see what Marvel has in store for The Man Without Fear.