Following the arrival of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, the Daredevil series saw a huge surge in popularity on Netflix.
Spider-Man: No Way Home featured an unexpected cameo from Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, better known as Daredevil in the Netflix series. Thanks to that appearance, the now-canceled series has been gaining a whole new audience on the streaming platform and managed to break into Nielsen’s Top 10 U.S. streaming chart of original series for the week following the new MCU’s release in cinemas. During the week beginning December 20th, the 39 episodes of the series pulled in 195 million minutes between them, and the new surge in popularity didn’t go unnoticed by those involved in the show.
Charlie Cox’s appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home was not the only Daredevil role being reprised at the end of last year, as the final episodes of Hawkeye on Disney+ saw the return of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk, only adding to the attention the highly praised Netflix series has been getting. As Marvel Studios continue to gather in their stray children, the arrival of these two characters in the MCU has led to the obvious question of whether the Marvel Television series is canon or if these two small appearances act as a reset for the Daredevil story.
Deborah Ann Woll, who appeared in all three seasons of Daredevil as Karen Page, shared the details of the series’ success three years on from its cancellation in 2018. The Deadline news post was subsequently shared by TV producer Steven DeKnight, showrunner on the first season of the show, who commented, “Congrats to the cast and crew who poured their hearts into [Daredevil] for three wonderful seasons!” Another star of the series, Skylar Gaertner, who portrayed the younger version of Matt Murdock, also commented on the post as can be seen below.
Daredevil Was Always The Most Popular Marvel Show On Netflix
Of the handful of series made under the Marvel Television brand, including Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Daredevil was always a solid fan favorite during its three-year run from 2015. It is clearly now safe to say that the plan to bring Daredevil into the MCU is something that has been in the making for years, and that played a big part in the cancellation of the Netflix series rather than anything wrong with the series itself.
Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett and was always one of Marvel’s popular characters. Telling the story of blind lawyer Matt Murdock, who as a child was involved in an accident that took his sight but heightened his other senses to almost supernatural levels. His powers lead him to take on a role as a masked vigilante who watches over Hell’s Kitchen, New York, taking on the criminal underworld and all the villains it can throw his way. The series contained two of the most praised villains to feature on screen in Marvel productions in Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter/Bullseye (Wilson Bethel) and the aforementioned Kingpin.
The recent cameo appearances of Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio have had fans speculating about which other characters could be appearing in the near future, as well as wondering when we will see both of these characters again as part of the ever-expanding Marvel narrative. All we can know for certain is that somewhere, there is a plan, and we just need to wait and watch to find out exactly what that plan is.
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