Set photos of Charlie Cox from Daredevil: Born Again is out and are creating hype. But there’s also some interesting news about the return of some old characters. Along with that, there’s some surprising information that I have covered in this post.
Charlie Cox isn’t in his Daredevil costume yet. But you do seem in wearing a Trench coat on top of a suit. While the series is currently in production and details are being kept tightly under wraps, fans are excited to see Cox back in action.
What is Daredevil: Born Again about?
According to reports, the new series will be titled Daredevil Born Again and is currently being filmed for an 18-episode season. The series will focus on Hell’s Kitchen, where Daredevil primarily operates in New York City. However, it’s possible that The Devil travels to Los Angeles as seen in She-Hulk.
Kingpin and The Punisher will also be a part of this series.
Krysten Ritter Returns as Jessica Jones
Another exciting development for Daredevil Born Again is the return of Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones. Ritter will reprise her role as the hard-drinking, tough-as-nails private investigator in the series.
Ritter posted photo of her in an Instagram story in a Daredevil: Born Again t-shirt, which has led to speculation about the character’s involvement in the series. You can expect to see her cross paths with Matt Murdock and Jennifer Walters in the course of their jobs outside of being vigilantes.
When does Daredevil: Born Again fit in the MCU Timeline?
One of the set photo shows a Church Bulletin in the background with a March 15, 2020 date. Hence, it could be possible that it is set after The Snap and before The Blip.
But it’s also possible that it focuses on Matthew Murdock during the five-year time period when everyone was in dust. Then it gradually focuses on the current timeline. Remember, it is an 18 episode TV show hence Marvel has a lot of ground to cover.
There isn’t anything official about the plot yet. But it will be released after Echo.
Who is there in the cast of Daredevil: Born Again?
Along with Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, Vincent D’Onfrio’s Wilson Fist and Jon Bernthal’s Punisher will also reprise their roles.
However, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page and Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson will not return to this show. It’s possible that they are absent because they were turned into dust by Thanos. It’s disheartening that Netflix Daredevil’s most adorable supporting characters will remain absent in Marvel’s reboot of this show. Their absence will not remain unnoticed.
Also, Sandrine Holt will play Vanessa Fisk instead of Ayelet Zurer.
4 Problems with Daredevil: Born Again
While it’s exciting to see The Devil in the MCU, there are many problems with Marvel version of Daredevil.
1 – Change in Daredevil’s character
The Netflix adaptation of Daredevil will go down in history as one of the best comic book character adaptions. Netflix’s version of this character was dark, grim and hardly held back in a fight. Yes, The Devil wasn’t a killer but he wasn’t a joke either.
In an interview with Deadline, here’s what Charlie Cox said about Daredevil in the MCU:
This has to be a reincarnation, it has to be different, otherwise why are we doing it? My opinion is this character works best when he’s geared towards a slightly more mature audience. My instinct is that on Disney+ it will be dark but it probably won’t be as gory.
He also answered a very important question:
Is Daredevil Daredevil: Born Again the same Daredevil in Netflix?
I would say to those people, we’ve done that. Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we broaden? Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we’ve learned about what works?
Charlie Cox debuted first in Spiderman: No Way Home which was alright, as he was playing the role of a lawyer. But in She-Hulk he seemed totally out of character roaming in his suit in broad day-light.
Marvel’s version of Daredevil is a straight-up playboy who is also a lawyer and a vigilante. This would have been fine if Netflix wouldn’t have adapted his character. But it’s no fun to see Daredevil lightened up and cracking jokes.
Charlie Cox’s explanation about his character is the proof that Marvel Studios is set to ruin Daredevil’s character for good.
2 – The Punisher could also be less bloody and violent
I’m not vouching for violence but it’s about adapting things that worked in the past. Jon Bernthal has said that he would reprise his role as Punisher only if Marvel didn’t change his character.
But Marvel has already changed Daredevil and it’s about time, they change Punisher as well.
Punisher was bloody and violent in its Netflix adaptation because he himself was going through a lot of pain. His character arc justified everything he did, even the killing and made the show more entertaining.
3 – Aiming for a PG-13 rating
Marvel Studios exists only because it aims for a PG-13 rating. When on Disney+, this rating is a priority for Marvel as Disney+ is aimed at a younger audience.
This rating is the reason why Marvel Studios is going to make Daredevil less Gory. This is the biggest reason Daredevil: Born Again could be disappointing. Aiming for this rating has already given terrible results for Marvel Studios.
Most of the MCU Phase 4 projects were garbage because Marvel wanted to target and please younger audience. With Phase 5 project, Marvel seems to continue it’s trend.
4 – Choosing a wrong villain
This problem may change depending on which timeline Marvel chooses for Daredevil: Born Again. If The Punisher Show of Netflix is truly canon to MCU, then he won’t be a villain.
But with Wilson Fisk a.k.a Kingpin returning as villain, what about Bullseye, which Daredevil Season 3 perfectly set-up as a villain? Season 3 ended with a cliffhanger setting up for Bullseye’s return. He was almost successful in becoming a duplicate of Daredevil.
Bringing Kingpin back Marvel would undo’s some of the stuff Netflix’s Daredevil did leading to confusions and plot holes that Marvel would ignore.