Charlie Cox reveals when he learned about his Daredevil Marvel Cinematic Universe return from Kevin Feige for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Cox became the second actor to bring Matt Murdock to the screen in live-action after Ben Affleck led the cast of the 2004 Daredevil film, which was a modest box office success, though saw plans for a sequel fall apart as the actor would lose interest in reprising the role and the spin-off film Elektra flopped at the box office. The 39-year-old English actor made his MCU debut in Netflix’s Daredevil series in 2015, re-exploring his origin story as a lawyer who was blinded as a kid in a car accident and trained by the blind ninja Stick to heighten his other senses to superhuman levels.
Cox’s Daredevil would run for three seasons on Netflix and help launch the platform’s interconnected MCU shows collectively known as Marvel Knights, which also included Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher and Iron Fist. Following the folding of Marvel Television into Marvel Studios and Netflix’s deal with the studio expiring, the future of the characters were largely left unknown as Marvel couldn’t use them for two years after the deal’s end. Cox would ultimately return in Spider-Man: No Way Home to help Peter Parker in his defense case and the actor is now opening up about his MCU big screen arrival.
While appearing on the HeyUGuys podcast to discuss his new series Kin, Charlie Cox opened up about his long-awaited Daredevil MCU return. Cox revealed he first met Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige while performing with Loki star Tom Hiddleston in the 2019 stage play Betrayal, though didn’t discuss the character in that initial meeting, and that he got the call from Feige the following summer to come back for Spider-Man: No Way Home. See what Cox shared below:
“I got the call mid-way through lockdown, summer of 2020, and I filmed [No Way Home] in March or something of ’21. So I had to keep it a secret for almost a year — and then, of course, I didn’t come out [until Dec.], so over a year. So, yeah, it’s been intense.”
Cox’s involvement in Spider-Man: No Way Home was first reported around the time he notes he began filming on the webslinging threequel, in which he had been spotted on set in his Matt Murdock costume. Much like former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Cox spent over a year ducking and dodging questions in interviews about whether he would appear in the film, even expressing nerves about the rumors of his Daredevil return and his concerns that discussing his possible role as jeopardizing his chances for a future with the MCU. Cox’s return would ultimately be leaked online along with Garfield and Maguire’s return in Spider-Man: No Way Home, proving the various theories true shortly after Feige confirmed Cox would return at some point.
In the time since making his Daredevil MCU return, Cox has grown consistently enthused about what the future could hold for him and the character in the franchise. Though he recently noted he doesn’t know exactly what’s next, Cox has confirmed that he knows a little of what’s to come for Daredevil and hinted that it could be the next decade of his life. While audiences await word on Cox’s MCU future, they can catch up on his tenure in the role with all three seasons of Daredevil streaming on Netflix now and Spider-Man: No Way Home in theaters.
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