Charlie Cox Tells Us What’s Next for DAREDEVIL
Following where his character Daredevil ended up at the end of Netflix’s The Defenders, Charlie Cox, the star of the very first Netflix Marvel series spoke to THR about what fans could expect next for his character. (This post contains full season spoilers for The Defenders.)
At the end of the show it seemed as if Matt Murdock was a goner, burning under the rubble of a crumbling building. However, in the last scene we see him being tended to by nuns even though some of his closest friends and allies believe him dead.
On his reaction to learning that his character was actually alive, he said:
“I was relieved! It was made easier to read that, knowing we have a season three of Daredevil to shoot. (Laughs.) If that hadn’t been the case, I would have been worried that it was all over for Matt Murdock. Being as it was, I thought it was very fun. It was a very interesting way to end it. It’s kind of a cliffhanger, and kind of not. I don’t know what it means for season three, going forward for Matt. It obviously presents him with some pretty interesting options when he reengages with life. Will he reconnect with people? Will he find Foggy and let him know he’s okay? Will he not? I’m very excited to find out what his game plan is going to be, once he gets his shit together.”
But Cox confesses he has no idea what a new beginning could mean for a character like Murdock.
“Whenever I think I know where something’s going or what something’s going to mean, I’m often completely wrong and surprised by the scripts when I read them. I almost prefer not to speculate. God knows. I could see it going many different ways for him. As you mentioned, he’s been struggling with who he is, or at least this aspect of himself, being Daredevil and engaging in vigilante justice on a regular basis. I can’t personally see a world where he’ll ever rid himself of that, despite the attempts to hang up the horns, as it were. At some point, one of two things is going to happen: either he’s going to embrace it in a way he never has before, or he’s going to continue to fight it. But at some point, “it” will probably win over.”
THR also asked Cox about the comic book story arc known as Born Again, which Cox wouldn’t mind seeing a bit in the upcoming season three. Cox said:
“That’s such an amazing story. Everyone who loves Daredevil loves Born Again. You can’t not. And if that’s the case, then the implications of that would be very exciting to me. That would be great. Having said that, I know we don’t tend to follow any story blueprints too closely, because if you do, then you become a foregone conclusion. There may be elements from Born Again, but I’m sure there will be elements that are unfamiliar and surprising and different in order for the show to be compelling to fans who know the comics very well. If we start making Born Again page-for-page, then the people who have read it and loved it — the hardcore fans — they won’t have too much drama.”
In the last moments of the Defenders we also see Danny Rand, played by Finn Jones, taking over the defense of Hell’s Kitchen in Daredevil’s supposed absent. Cox is on board with that he says:
“Yeah, I love that man. I loved that moment. We had a lot of fun on the day, trying to make up all sorts of stupid stuff. I remember trying to say things, because obviously he has to keep a very straight face. I tell him something and the audience at that point doesn’t know what it is. He takes it very seriously. I’m of course saying these very stupid, mundane and silly things in his ear and trying to make him crack a smile.”
Cox offered some final thoughts about the season, after confessing he wasn’t sure if his character had successfully brought Elektra from the dark side.
“I just had no idea what it was going to be. I had no concept of how these four shows would come together and what it would feel like, and what the tone would feel like. I was very impressed with how they constructed it. It’s a very tough job. I thought [showrunner] Marco Ramirez and Douglas Petrie, it was very tricky for them. They’re obviously familiar with Daredevil, but then they had to become very comfortable writing these other three characters, who they hadn’t been writing yet. Plus, there’s talk about making a show that’s enjoyable for not just the fans of the other shows, but also for people who haven’t seen any of the shows. Early on in particular, there were some reintroductions that people who watched the show, if it was done poorly, could have found boring. I think they handled that really well.
The other thing as well, and this is all technical stuff, but my feeling is that since they have all of these other shows — Daredevil having a season three, and Jessica Jones and Luke Cage having a season two — all of these stories have to time out, if that makes sense. What happens in the lives of these characters in The Defenders has to be consistent with the shows that they’re on in that world. I’m guessing, but presumably, everything happening for Jessica Jones season two, Luke Cage season two, Iron Fist season two and Daredevil season three will be post-The Defenders. It has to be. So in order to write The Defenders itself, you have to make sure you’re in the same timeframe for all of those characters. That just sounds to me like such a mind-fuck. (Laughs.) I don’t know how you do that. And one of the things that happened with this show is that we made it take place over the course of about a week, and a lot of it is very plot-heavy. You get to brush over a few things that if it was an individual show, you probably would have to deal with a bit more.”
Cox isn’t sure yet when he will begin shooting the next season of Daredevil but hopes it will be in early 2018.