Charlie Cox’s comments about the MCU’s new version of Daredevil, set to appear in Daredevil: Born Again, highlight a bigger problem with Marvel Studios’ multiverse. Cox was the first actor to make the move from Marvel Television into the MCU proper after the cancelation of Netflix’s Defenders series. He previously featured as Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil in Daredevil before making his first official MCU appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Since then, questions have arisen concerning whether this version of the character is the same as his previous iteration, and it seems even he isn’t too sure.
In a recent interview with inews.co.uk, Charlie Cox tried to finally provide an answer as to whether his previous incarnations of Daredevil are canon to the current MCU. He stated, “[he doesn’t] think it’s a different character… [they’re] saying this is a whole new… era, or variant?… it’s part of the multiverse?” It could be that Cox actually does know what the definite answer is, and is simply trying to throw the audience off the scent, which has been a popular practice for Marvel Studios. However, his apparent confusion about Daredevil’s status in the MCU shines a light on bigger problems growing within the MCU’s Multiverse Saga.
Phase 4 Has Failed To Properly Define The MCU Multiverse
After the intense end of the Infinity Saga with Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios started laying the foundations of the Multiverse Saga by introducing the concept of the multiverse in Phase 4 projects such as Loki, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. However, there is still a lot of confusion about what the multiverse actually means, and how these established MCU heroes can navigate it. Terms such as dimensions, timelines, branched realities, and nexus events have all been thrown around, but there is yet to be a clear definition of what these mean and how they connect to each other.
Every Phase 4 project seems to have used the multiverse differently, with no clear cohesion between them. Loki saw the titular God of Mischief use the Space Stone to escape from the Avengers, creating a branched reality from the Sacred Timeline, but does that also mean he created a new universe? Multiverse of Madness saw Doctor Strange and America Chavez travel through a variety of new universes, and debut the terrifying idea of incursions, which surely should have been mentioned sooner since No Way Home saw three different versions of Spider-Man interact in the same reality. It would seem that not even Marvel Studios are clear on their multiverse definitions.
Daredevil’s Variant Confusion Is A Problem For The MCU
Despite reinforcing a lot of confusion surrounding the multiverse in the MCU, at least Spider-Man: No Way Home was clear-cut about which versions of Peter Parker were from which reality. This is something that is seriously lacking when it comes to the previous Netflix characters, as Charlie Cox’s Daredevil has a new suit, and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin in the MCU, seems to have acquired some new strength, shown in the final battle in Hawkeye. This suggests that they are perhaps multiversal variants of their previous versions, but the lack of confirmation is leading to a lot of confusion.
In a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly, Charlie Cox affirmed that the Daredevil he would be portraying in Daredevil: Born Again was in fact the same version as his Netflix counterpart, but that it would simply be set during another period of his life. Now though, his confusion over which version of Daredevil he’ll be playing creates a new problem for Marvel Studios. It will be difficult for audiences to get behind Daredevil in the MCU if nobody truly knows who the character is, not even Charlie Cox himself. It’s about time that Marvel Studios provides answers to these burning questions, instead of just leaving it as anybody’s guess.
Daredevil: Born Again Must Properly Resolve Matt Murdock’s MCU Connections
In a Marvel Studios first, Daredevil: Born Again will consist of 18 episodes, which means that audiences will need to be invested in the characters and storyline more than ever. The glimpses of Daredevil that audiences have seen in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law have been positively received, but there needs to be some sort of confirmation about whether this version is the same as what was previously seen on Netflix, or whether he is a multiversal variant. Born Again taking place in another reality from Daredevil would certainly make sense for the Multiverse Saga, so it’s curious that Marvel Studios has been staying so quiet.
The fact that even Charlie Cox is confused about which version of Daredevil he’ll be playing in the MCU potentially spells bad news for the MCU’s future. Since the MCU is deep in the clutches of the Multiverse Saga, revealing the fact that this version of Matt Murdock is a variant, if that is the case, wouldn’t be a spoiler, and would only help to solidify the concept of the multiverse even further. Though it is strange that Marvel Studios hasn’t currently commented on this discussion, Cox is set to appear both in Echo and Daredevil: Born Again in the MCU’s Phase 5, so hopefully, some clarity will soon be provided.
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