This weekend, there’s a rumor going around that is rather complicated and confusing and that I’m just not sure I believe, given its sourcing. Depending on who you ask, the rumor is some combination of Disney potentially bringing back Daredevil for Disney Plus with Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, and also the already-announced show Echo will be using a bunch of Daredevil’s supporting cast in their old roles.
I don’t know what to make of that, as I simply can’t rely on the supposed “insider” sources there. I’m seeing people spread around fake Disney Plus Daredevil logos which is annoying, though I do think the subject is worth talking about.
Whatever Disney is or is not planning, it’s pretty easy to see how Daredevil would be a slam dunk to return on Disney Plus, now that the rights have reverted back to them after the Netflix series.
Yes, I understand that Marvel TV and Marvel movies were two divisions that did not get along before this, with the movies content to almost completely ignore shows like Agents of SHIELD and six different Netflix series, even though they were supposed to be in the MCU, technically.
I am not calling for a grand revival of all those Netflix shows. I think most of them were pretty well spent, to be honest. It’s hard for me to imagine Disney picking up additional seasons of Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. I loved the first season of The Punisher but season 2 was terrible. Mayyybe Luke Cage could return.
But Daredevil? Season 3 of Daredevil was one of the best seasons of any show on TV that year, and that series has attracted a fanbase like none of the others have. I can see Daredevil sliding back into the fold with a season 4 on Disney Plus, maybe cutting out a bit of the ultra-violence to be more comfortable there, and the fanbase celebrating it as a huge win, especially (only) if Charlie Cox returns as Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio returns as Kingpin. Both of these characters are iconic, and they are hugely important to the larger Marvel universe, which would be wise to not simply ignore them the next decade, and there’s just no reason to recast them, given how great they were originally.
This is not the X-Men, where obviously Disney is going to reboot that sub-section of the Marvel universe for phase 5 rather than use 50 cast members from 20 years of FOX movies. This is one character that was technically already made in the MCU, so there’s no reason Daredevil can’t simply return for the season 4 the showrunners already had planned, building off the stellar season 3.
This is a win-win for Disney, another must-watch show for Disney Plus and a fanbase that would lose their minds if this was confirmed. To pass this up because of some sort of grudge against the Jeff Loeb era of Marvel TV or Netflix would be shortsighted, and while I do not expect any other show to return from that period, Daredevil should be the lone exception.