Spider-Man: No Way Home has been heavily rumored to bring back several fan-favorites into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one of them could be Charlie Cox's Daredevil.
Cox played the Man Without Fear in the already-canceled Marvel series on Netflix that ran for three seasons starting from 2015 all the way to 2018. Many would agree that the series pushed Daredevil further into mainstream success, and it was further amplified by its stellar cast that includes the likes of Vincent D'Onofrio (Kingpin), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), and Jon Bernthal (Punisher).
Ahead of No Way Home, Cox's involvement in the threequel gained steam. Fans pointed out that Matt Murdock's inclusion in the film's story makes narrative sense, especially after the wild ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Despite the barrage of rumors, Cox has been denying his involvement in the film, with the actor sharing several statements about the matter.
Now, as No Way Home's release inches closer, the Daredevil actor has once again opened up about a potential comeback.
Charlie Cox Responds to Daredevil Rumors
Charlie Cox sat down with Jessica Shaw on SiriusXM to talk about a potential Marvel return as Matt Murdock aka Daredevil.
Cox first discussed how characters are consistently being reimagined in the world of comic books, then suggested that his potential comeback would experience a similar route down the line:
“What happens in the comics is a writer and an artist will team up for a run of a comic. And so they’ll do 10 issues, 20 issues, I don't know what the typical number is. And then there's kind of a reimagining, and sometimes the storyline continues, and sometimes they start again, or go back in time, they do different things and they'll reimagine that character. So, if there was to be an opportunity for me to come back as Daredevil, whatever that would look like, I imagine it would be a reimagining of the character and the show. If they choose me to do it, there's going to be some elements of that are of course the same."
The Netflix star then pointed out that Marvel Studios can also "choose someone else" for the role so that they can "reboot it all over again," similar to what Sony did with Spider-Man:
"Or they might choose someone else and reboot it all over again and just kind of do with Spider-Man all over again, which is recast him and start from the beginning, and it proves that, it still gets the numbers, people still show up to watch it. But I imagine that [Daredevil] would be kind of like, the upgraded version, I don't know, something like that."
The Daredevil star then took note of the fact that the Marvel Netflix series has "three great seasons of television" while sharing caution about living up to expectations upon coming back for another run at the character:
""We must also be grateful, because if nothing ever happens going forward, we've got three great seasons of television and we haven't ruined it. You’ve got to be careful what you wish for. You come back and it’s not as good or it doesn’t quite work or it’s too much time has passed, or whatever it is, if it doesn’t quite come together in the same way. You don’t want to taint what you’ve already got. If we never come back, you’ve got these three great seasons and our third season was our best reviewed. So, the trajectory was up. I, for one, am tremendously proud and grateful for what we have.”
The former Marvel actor has been previously rumored to return as Matt Murdock in the highly-anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home film in December 2021.
Charlie Cox Teases Arrival of Rebooted Daredevil
While the actor is simply responding to an interview question, Cox's latest statement could hint that his next take on Daredevil would be a reimagined version of the character instead of the one that was showcased in the Netflix series. This would allow fans to separate the Netflix version from the upcoming iteration of the character.
Still, Cox pointed out that "some elements" would stick, and he could be referring to the same cast members or even the hero's costume from the Netflix series.
It's also worth pointing out that this isn't the first time that Cox is at peace with the idea of another actor portraying the Man Without Fear. During a previous interview, he revealed that another actor could play the character if Marvel decides to use the hero again in Spider-Man: No Way Home while also turning down rumors.
However, since that interview, the Daredevil actor has been providing noteworthy tidbits about his rumored involvement in No Way Home, ranging from being afraid to ruining surprises about the film all the way to even addressing theories based on what was seen in the threequel's trailer. It remains to be seen if Cox will indeed return, but many would agree that seeing him as Matt Murdock would be a visual treat for fans.
Despite the rumors, Cox's statement about the overall success of Netflix's Daredevil should serve as a fitting reminder of the show's impressive run, and incorporating it into the larger MCU, either as a reimagining or sticking to its canon, should be a positive development either way.
Fans will find out if Cox will return to the Marvel realm when Spider-Man: No Way Home premieres in theaters on December 17, 2021.