Monday, July 4

How Charlie Cox’s Daredevil appears in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

Hot on the heels of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin of Crime making the leap from Marvel’s Netflix shows to Disney + Hawkeye In last week’s episode, we officially have another Netflix expat returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Spoilers beyond this pointBut after months, and maybe years, of rumors, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, officially appeared on screen in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Although Netflix fans Reckless might have wanted more after the series was unceremoniously canceled after three seasons in November 2018, it’s still extremely exciting to see Cox back on screen, and mix him up with Spider-Man, no less, a character with him. that DD usually hangs out. with in the comics, but never has in the MCU.

Murdock actually appears relatively early in the two-and-a-half-hour film, picking up the suspense from 2019. Spider-Man: Far From Home. At the end of that movie, and as reviewed at the beginning of No way home, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) sent doctored images of his own death to rogue reporter J. Jonah Jameson (JK Simmons) framing Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Not only that, he revealed that Spidey’s identity is Peter Parker to everyone, turning his life upside down.

The immediate setback? Peter and his friends, MJ (Zendaya) and Ned (Jacob Batalon), as well as his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei) are brought in for questioning by the police, who work with the Damage Control Department. Peter is sent free, although news helicopters, fans, and naysayers won’t leave him alone.

That’s when we reunite with Matt Murdock and his signature forearms, inside Aunt May’s apartment, as he offers advice to Peter, May, and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau). Though no fanfare or family Reckless Theme song, he has a standout moment when he walks into the frame, his upper half cropped, and then sits down, revealing he’s Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock. [Cue the crowd going wild.] He’s the same Murdock we know and love from Netflix, complete with his red glasses, cane, and slightly ill-fitting suit. As the trio try to get information from Murdock on how to get out of this mess, he notes that, “Peter, you may have dodged your legal troubles, but things are going to get a lot worse. There is still a court of public opinion ”.

That’s when a brick with a bound note smashes through the window and Matt grabs it from behind his back with one hand. While outside someone yells, “Mysterio forever!” Peter looks on, surprised that his blind attorney performed an impossible trick.

“How did you just do that?” asks Peter, surprised, as he slowly takes the brick.

“I’m a really good lawyer,” Murdock jokingly responds.

That’s it for the scene, and Cox doesn’t appear anywhere else in the film, despite the mob of villains that end up attacking New York throughout the entire run time. But beyond being a fun visit with our favorite fearless man, it’s also a big deal for a number of reasons. There is the fact that Reckless not just on Netflix, it was produced by Marvel Television, a different division than Marvel Studios, which produces the movies and now the Disney + shows. Marvel Television is now almost defunct, while Studios takes the lead. And with the introduction of Kingpin and Daredevil, it is clear that they are the fan favorite artists who have chosen the best and who have helped to iconize these characters on screen.

But possibly the biggest problem is that Matt is already, clearly Daredevil, despite the lack of costumes. Netflix shows always took place in the MCU, so it’s not a big deal on its own. But an open question has been how much Marvel Studios wants to acknowledge what Marvel Television did before. In this case, we not only have the same actor playing Daredevil, we are also not rebooting his origin story … So when he inevitably reappears, maybe towards the end of Hawkeye, almost definitely in the next Eco series on Disney +, and quite possibly the next Disney + series Ella Hulk (They are both lawyers, after all), we won’t have to go through the same path to become heroes, again. He can just be Daredevil, and we can get to the fun stuff.

Will this lead down the road to a Reckless Season 4? Maybe. There have definitely been a lot of rumors in that direction. But for now, we can be happy that Marvel’s very good lawyer is back where he belongs.

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