When ‘Daredevil’ Season 4 Was Canceled, Charlie Cox Thought His Marvel ‘Ship Had Sailed’

When Netflix announced Daredevil Season 4 wasn’t happening, fans weren’t the only ones disappointed. Charlie Cox wasn’t done playing the superhero. But when Marvel didn’t reach out with future prospects, the actor thought his Daredevil ship had sailed. 

Charlie Cox in costume in 'Daredevil'
Charlie Cox in costume in ‘Daredevil’ | Netflix

Charlie Cox thought his days as the superhero were over when ‘Daredevil’ Season 4 was canceled

Daredevil was Netflix’s first original Marvel series. It introduced Cox as the Hell’s Kitchen lawyer/superhero Matt Murdock and spawned several interconnected shows, including Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Iron Fist, and The Defenders

The series was a hit with fans and critics alike. And it earned dozens of accolades, including several Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. 

But Netflix canceled Daredevil in 2018, a month after the third season premiered. The news came as a shock. And following the cancellation, Cox didn’t think he’d ever return to play the titular superhero. 

“For a long time, I was asked these questions, and I genuinely had not heard anything,” he told Supernova. “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.”

The ‘Daredevil’ star reprised the role for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Cox may have believed his time as Daredevil was over, but luckily, Marvel Studios had other plans. After months of rumors and speculation, fans finally got to see Cox reprise the role in Spider-Man: Now Way Home.

In his brief appearance, Cox’s Matt Murdock visits with Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May, and Jon Favreau’s Happy to discuss Peter’s legal situation. The scene makes it clear that while Matt knows Peter is Spider-Man, the young hero doesn’t know Matt is Daredevil. 

Charlie Cox will be in more MCU projects 

Spider-Man: No Way Home confirmed Cox’s Daredevil is part of the MCU. And soon after the film’s December 2021 release, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced Cox would portray the superhero in future projects. 

“If you were to see Daredevil in upcoming things, Charlie Cox, yes, would be the actor playing Daredevil,” Feige told Cinema Blend. “Where we see that, how we see that, when we see that, remains to be seen.”

Marvel hasn’t revealed which projects Cox will be in. But the actor told Supernova that he’s excited to see his character crossover into other MCU storylines. “My hope is that I get to do as much as I’m allowed to do and to be involved,” Cox suggested.

“It’d be really fun,” he added. “The one thing that being in the MCU allows that we couldn’t really do with the Netflix stuff is that I can now interact with other MCU characters. So, that would be really cool. Crossovers is the thing I would like to do next.”

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