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Spider-Man: No Way Home Deleted a Hilarious Nod to Ben Affleck's Daredevil

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By Russ Milheim

There was a lot to be excited about while watching Spider-Man: No Way Home. For one, fans got to see some of their long-time famous villains bit the screen once again, such as Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin. Then, of course, there was Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire all teaming up on the screen. There was also one big surprise that tends to be forgotten a little bit: the return of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.

The character was last seen in his titular Netflix show right before it was canceled after its third season. Since then, fans have been dying to see the actor return to the role.

It seems that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige heard the world’s collective prayers and brought the Devil of Hell's Kitchen back to MCU fans. His scene wasn’t much, but it was enough to be plenty memorable and not cause the focus on the movie to stray.

Funnily enough, Happy Hogan actor Jon Favreau, who sat across from him in the scene, played Matt Murdock’s best friend Foggy Nelson in the 2003 film. This fact didn’t go unnoticed, and according to Cox, they consistently tried to sneak in an Easter egg.

Daredevil, Ben Affleck
2003's Daredevil

Foggy & Daredevil Reunite Once Again

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Spider-Man: No Way Home star Charlie Cox talked about his big return to the Daredevil role in the recent blockbuster.

Cox admitted that he “was a bit embarrassed” about having his own big reveal moment but was “so grateful” with how people reacted:

“Jon said, ‘I have built in this moment where we reveal you, and no one speaks for a few beats because the audience will have a big reaction… I was a bit embarrassed, like, ‘Are you sure?' I was going with the flow, but thinking, ‘I hope it's not a letdown.' But I got a lot of texts from friends who were at the premiere or saw it opening weekend, who told me there was a cool vocal reaction when that scene came on. It's a strange feeling, but I am so grateful.”

One of the stars across from the table in the scene was Jon Favreau, who played Murdock’s best friend, Foggy Nelson, in the 2003 Daredevil film.

The two were well aware of this and tried to sneak in a reference to the circumstance in the film's dialogue:

“I don't think they used it, but we added a little Easter egg where he goes, ‘Yeah, I'm a little foggy on how that happened' or something... That was a cool moment for me to meet him and chat about all that stuff."

The Multiverse Works in Mysterious Ways

It's sad how easy it would have been to include such a fun, yet minor, reference. Though the film was juggling a lot, it's hard to blame anybody. It's probably safe to say that many people even missed this fun coincidence.

With both characters alive and well, it's never too late for there to be some acknowledgment down the road. Maybe fans will even get to see Jon Favreau in his old Daredevil universe in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After all, it was rumored that Marvel Studios did reach out to Ben Affleck about appearing.

Either way, it's great how the excitement about Daredevil is once again at the highs it was while the prior solo series was being released. Clearly, fans want more of that world, as Vincent D'Onofio's return as Kingpin in Hawkeye struck a similar chord with people. So, hopefully, it won't be too long until the two are back at each other's throats.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing in theaters worldwide.