How ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ on Disney+ Connects to the Netflix Series


Charlie Cox returned to his role as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home after a three-year absence, and fans were ecstatic at the prospect of an MCU reboot or impending movie, especially after clamoring for Cox to join the franchise in any official capacity for such a long time. The new Disney+ announcement about the Daredevil reboot, named Daredevil: Born Again, as a potential continuation of the Netflix series now brings tremendous hope and excitement for the figure. Of course, this raises the question of whether Daredevil: Born Again is related to the original Netflix series.



Daredevil exposed the ugly underbelly of crime syndicates in Hell’s Kitchen over the course of its three-season run on Netflix. Matt Murdock faced off against mafia lords that governed New York City from the shadows rather than aliens emerging from a portal or gods from Asgard. Even though Matt works as a blind lawyer during the day, he has a very violent sense of justice at night. In contrast to the most recent MCU films, which were, in comparison, a lot like a trip to Disneyland, the Netflix series was darker and gritty. The Jessica Jones and Luke Cage programs on Netflix, for example, similarly included other members of The Defenders.



There were also ample ‘Easter eggs’ on the shows that alluded to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, from news articles at Karen Page’s office discussing the “Battle of New York” from The Avengers to Jessica Jones’ jabs at the super heroes, and frequent references to the larger scale of the MCU were made in each Netflix episode. However, when the shows each transitioned from Netflix to Disney+ early this year, they were noticeably left off of the MCU timeline guide, raising the issue of whether or not the Netflix shows were actually part of MCU canon.



Many well-known actors from other Marvel films returned to their legendary roles for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but a minor moment occurred when Peter asked none other than blind attorney Matt Murdock to defend him. Murdock made his first-ever appearance in an MCU movie with this one and following that cameo, Disney immediately revealed that Daredevil would be starring in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Echo, two more upcoming shows. As is customary with Marvel Studios, the plot details are being kept under wraps, but along with Murdock, Echo will also feature the return of Kingpin.



Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of the Kingpin, also known as Wilson Fisk, rapidly established him as one of the MCU’s most dreadful antagonists. He may have fallen in love and made the decision to spare his wife from incarceration, but he still posed a dangerous threat to Daredevil. D’Onofrio played the Kingpin again in the Disney+ series Hawkeye while appearing to be out of jail. The Kingpin was a crucial character in the series since he was the previous employer of Ronin, Hawkeye’s vengeful alter ego. Though his intimidating presence in Hawkeye extended far beyond Clint Barton and Kate Bishop. Maya Lopez, who later assumes the role of Echo, was a character that resembled a daughter to Wilson Fisk. D’Onofrio’s Kingpin is reported to resume the role in Daredevil: Born Again, meaning the character did not die at the end of Hawkeye.



According to rumors, Daredevil: Born Again will draw its inspiration from the same-named Frank Miller comic book, which describes Matt’s fall from grace and his subsequent efforts to rehabilitate himself both personally and as a hero. The comic is definitely worth a read.


While nothing else is known about the Disney+ project other than its anticipated Spring 2024 premiere date there is an immediate, albeit slight, connection to season 3 of the Netflix series Daredevil, . Matt is supposedly dead in The Defenders, therefore Daredevil season 3 showed viewers a character slowly trying to rebuild himself. Daredevil: Born Again may now serve as a gentle reboot of the Netflix series, and the title a play on words referring to the character’s emergence into this new franchise.

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