After Charlie Cox’s surprise cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Vincet D’Onofrio’s role in Hawkeye, fans went wild when Kevin Feige announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 that Daredevil would star in a reboot of the beloved Netflix series. Details about Daredevil: Born Again, part of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are steadily trickling out—especially since filming is now reportedly underway. Here’s what we know so far!
What’s the plot of Daredevil: Born Again?
The original Daredevil, which was only loosely connected to the MCU, was focused on Matt Murdock (Cox)’s double life as an attorney and a masked vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. There were no Infinity Stones or cosmic threats in the Netflix series—just good ol’ fashioned street-level crimefighting as Matt tried to free Hell’s Kitchen from the control of Kingpin (D’Onofrio).
Now that Daredevil is officially part of the MCU, though, it could go in a few different directions. Many fans are hoping the new series will stick to the original show’s tight focus on the gritty world of organized crime and vigilanteism. However, the whole point of the MCU is the interconnection of all its different storylines, so with the Multiverse Saga unfolding and Secret Wars coming out in 2026, who knows what could happen?
Who’s in the cast and crew of Daredevil: Born Again?
Charlie Cox will be reprising his role as Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, and Vincent D’Onofrio will return as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin. Jon Bernthal will also return as Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher.
In addition to Cox, D’Onofrio, and Bernthal, Michael Gandolfini (Oceans 8, The Sopranos), Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo), and Nikki M. James (Severence) have all been cast in undisclosed roles. According to Deadline, Levieva and Holt may be appearing as romantic interests.
Alaqua Cox (Echo) and Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk) could potentially have cameo appearances as Maya Lopez and Jennifer Walters, respectively, given their connections to Daredevil. Maya is one of Kingpin’s former lieutenants and a daughter figure to him, but at the end of Hawkeye, she puts a bullet in his head upon finding out that he had her father killed. At the end of She-Hulk, Jen and Matt are in a long-distance relationship, so it seems natural that she would at least make an appearance in the new show. Nothing has been confirmed, though.
As for cast members of the original Daredevil series—especially Deborah Ann Woll, who played Matt’s secretary and love interest Karen, and Elden Henson, who played Matt’s law partner and best friend Foggy—there’s no official word on whether they’ll be returning. However, Woll told Variety that Marvel hasn’t approached her about the project, so she’s “not a part of it.”
Charlie Cox seems to support Henson and Woll’s return, though. In December 2022, Cox told Collider that “I don’t know what’s going to happen with the other characters in the new show, but I know for a fact that Elden and Deborah were the heartbeat(s) of what we did before, and the show is a success because of them.”
The show is being written and executive produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, with Dexter and Homeland director Michael Cuesta directing the pilot episode.
What’s the release window for Daredevil: Born Again? How many episodes are there?
Multiple sources are reporting that Daredevil: Born Again began filming on March 6, and will spend much of 2023 filming the 18 episodes in season 1. The show is slated to come out in spring 2024, putting its release between Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Captain America: New World Order. However, Marvel has recently begun spacing out its Disney+ content, so Daredevil’s release window could be pushed back.
Interestingly, there are rumors that Spider-Man 4 could come out in June or July 2024, which would put it right around Daredevil’s first season. That timing would be perfect for a Daredevil/Spidey team-up, since they’re both street-level heroes, they’ve already met in Spider-Man: No Way Home (although Matt has presumably had his memory erased along with everyone else), and they’ve both taken on Kingpin in other media. We don’t know anything for sure, though.
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