There are many corners in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and since so many of them overlap it’s no surprise that there are some characters – Black Widow, Peggy Carter and Nick Fury – who tend to move freely between Marvel’s movie franchises and TV shows. Things are going to get even more incestuous over on Netflix, with the launch of four Marvel series that will eventually come together in The Defenders.
The first of these series, Daredevil, debuted earlier this month and was received enthusiastically by both fans and critics. Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer with superhuman senses of hearing, touch, taste and smell, who fights for justice in the courtrooms by day and on the streets at night. Daredevil will be followed by A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and since Luke Cage is set to appear in A.K.A Jessica Jones we were curious to know whether or not Daredevil will also be guest-starring in Netflix’s other upcoming superhero shows.
It’s unlikely, Cox told Screen Rant during a press event in London today, but there’s a good reason behind keeping the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen separate for now:
“I think the idea is that they’re trying to maintain some sort of anonymity to the four shows, so that the coming together of us all in ‘The Defenders’ is something that’s new and exciting… You can’t really make ‘Jessica Jones’ without Luke Cage, so they have to involve him in ‘Jessica Jones,’ but I don’t think I will be appearing in that show.”
Even if Matt Murdock doesn’t appear in any of the other Netflix/Marvel shows until the advent of The Defenders, it won’t be too long until he returns for the second season of Daredevil. But what about the cinematic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is there any truth to the recent rumors that Daredevil and the rest of the Defenders could show up in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II? Cox could only reiterate what he’s said before: that this might be the plan, but if so, no one’s told him yet.
“I’d love for Daredevil to show up in the new Avengers and be in the cinematic universe as well, but right now I’m so grateful to even be included at all. I’m looking forward to ‘The Defenders,’ and if they end up making a Daredevil movie or a Defenders movie or they include the characters in those other Avenger movies then that’s like an added bonus.”
One of the potential challenges of teaming Daredevil up with Thor, Captain America and Iron Man is that Matt Murdock comes from a world that’s distinctly R-rated. The brutal decapitations and impalements seen in Daredevil would be a little out of place in a family-friendly superhero movie, and it’s possible that placing Daredevil in that same family-friendly superhero movie could lead to the character being watered down.
Cox admitted to not reading a lot of comic books when he was growing up, but he did a lot of research after being cast in Daredevil and cited the Civil War comic book arc as an example of how, in his mind, Daredevil could play a role in the larger Marvel drama:
“If you read ‘Civil War,’ Daredevil is kind of in the background a lot, and he just makes the odd comment here and there, and he’s kind of very much a support character to the more famous Avengers. And so I think he maintains that kind of sinister, quiet aloofness. He’s also not capable of the same feats as any of those guys are, so he’s not disillusioned in that way. And he ends up kind of infiltrating the enemy in that series and being a key part of the whole resolution, but it’s done not through violence, it’s done through tactics… I don’t imagine you’d be able to bring the same violence literally on screen.”
When asked about the possibility of a guest appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cox smiled and said that there are “many, many options” for guest appearances, since Daredevil is part of such a vast franchise across multiple media. “I’m theirs for as long as they’ll have me, basically,” he said. “And happy for it to be that way. I had a f***ing great time and I would love to keep doing it.”
You can read more of what Cox had to say about playing the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen when we publish the rest of our interview later this week. Let us know in the comments whether you think Daredevil should make guest appearances in the other Marvel TV shows and movies, and what role he and the Defenders could play in the events to come.
Daredevil season one is available now on Netflix.