If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a Daredevil fan that still hasn’t gotten over the abrupt cancellation from Netflix’s streaming service late last year. Not only was the cancellation a surprise to many, but the timing felt strange as well. Daredevil was coming off a stellar third season in which we saw inspiration from one of the most popular Daredevil comics, “Born Again”. Personally, I thought it was one of the best things Marvel has released regardless of the medium it’s on. The acting was fantastic, the storyline was engaging and while the ending might’ve fallen a bit flat, Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance as Wilson Fisk reminded fans everywhere why Fisk is truly one of the most terrifying villains.
Where does Marvel go from here? With the subsequent cancellations of all other Marvel Netflix properties and a difficult contract to break free of, the chances of seeing these characters show up on any platform soon are slim to none. Shortly after the cancellation announcement, it was revealed that a contract stipulation banned any of the Netflix characters from appearing for a few years. The chances of the property being picked up by Hulu, recently acquired by Disney, were gone as fast as they appeared. Waiting until the moratorium finishes and a reboot on Disney+ was seemingly the only option fans had left and even then, the chances of Charlie Cox and the supporting cast members returning seemed pretty slim. This isn’t to discredit the other potential actors but Charlie Cox has become the quintessential Daredevil in my eyes. His Matt Murdock was everything you could hope for in an unsuspecting brilliant lawyer and his alter ego as Daredevil is every bit as menacing as he’s portrayed in the comics. How does Marvel move forward with this character knowing it could be a while before we see him again? Thankfully, Marvel potentially has an easy workaround.
* Warning: the following contents of this article contain major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home. This will be your first and only spoiler alert. *
Before concluding an inspired performance from Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio, the master of Illusions had one final trick before seemingly dying from fatal wounds accumulated during his face-off with Peter. Mysterio had doctored a video in which Spider-Man had said the words “execute them all”. In reality, Spider-Man was only trying to end every self-defense mechanism E.D.I.T.H was implementing. E.D.I.T.H, being a multi-billion dollar security system integrated with augmented reality A.I. developed by Tony prior to his death, needs to be told these commands before performing them. On video, Mysterio claimed that Spider-Man had attacked him in the midst of his fight with the final Elemental monster and ordered the attack on the citizens of London. Before the video cuts off, Mysterio reveals Spider-Man’s secret identity to the world.
Not only will Spider-Man need protection from the public backlash he’ll most likely receive for ordering an attack on innocent civilians; Peter Parker and his loved ones are also in danger. Although not applicable to almost all heroes existing in the MCU, a hero’s secret identity is a character’s biggest secret and is made to protect not only themselves but the people around them as well. When exposed, the next villain could easily get what he/she wants by manipulating or kidnapping one of the aforementioned loved ones and making the hero do their bidding. We’ve seen these in countless movies belonging to both DC and Marvel, from the old Sam Raimi movies where we’ve seen Doc Ock kidnap Aunt May after learning of Peter’s secret identity to Lex Luthor keeping Clark Kent’s mother locked in a safe house in an attempt to get Superman to bring him Batman’s head.
Since the law will most likely come after him on a number of charges, Peter Parker could easily decide to defend himself by hiring a lawyer. Defending himself in court proves that Peter Parker is willing to cooperate and explain himself in the public eye. Being only 16, Peter Parker might not be allowed to represent himself in court nor should be based on the events that transpired in Far From Home. Peter should look no further than to hire Matt Murdock, the blind lawyer who specializes in defending powered people against unjust charges. Considering Hell’s Kitchen is only a few blocks away from Queens, they’re both considered local NY heroes. Teaming up would also be a nod to the numerous comics they’ve teamed up in to fight mutual foes, such as Wilson Fisk. This could even lead to a Team Red movie, which would consist of Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Deadpool teaming up to fight crime in New York together. Considering Spider-Man has ties to both these characters, it’s easy to see why a team-up could be in the cards.
Considering Far From Home was released in 2019, it’s safe to say the sequel would be released after the moratorium on the Netflix properties expires, thus clearing the path for Matt Murdock to transition over into the movies. While it may seem like the logical thing to do, there might be a few obstacles that could prevent this from happening.
Firstly, the timing of the movie in two aspects: Far From Home takes place in 2023, almost 6 years after the last time Matt Murdoch was on-screen chronologically. The sequel to Far From Home will surely take place sometime after the movie occurs, so we’ll need to see a slightly older version of Daredevil to make sure no continuity errors are introduced. This could work well in Marvel’s favor, allowing a 5-year hiatus could mean Matt Murdock was busy building his portfolio as a lawyer for powered people and giving him qualifications for taking on such a high profile case.
Then comes the legal aspect; is Marvel allowed to discuss or develop any potential storylines with these characters before the moratorium expires? While the contract details and stipulations are unclear, this could mean Daredevil can’t even be discussed by the studio until the year 2021, which is probably around the time the sequel will have advanced past the scriptwriting stage and well into shooting.
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