The eighth episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has arrived on Disney Plus. And, after a two-month wait, Daredevil finally appeared in Jennifer Walters’ indie TV series.
For fans of the Daredevil Netflix series, it was an even longer wait to see the blind superhero on the small screen once again. Technically, Daredevil has already appeared in a Marvel Studios production – Charlie Cox reprising his role as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Return Home in December 2021. Daredevil on Netflix, for Cox’s final appearance as the iconic costumed vigilante.
Ever since the rumors about Cox’s Murdock/Daredevil appearing in the MCU started swirling, fans have been wondering if the MCU iteration is the same character as Netflix’s Defenders-Verse. Well, She-Hulk Episode 8 has finally given us a definitive answer, with Marvel’s latest TV show almost confirming it. It is the same Daredevil – and the intriguing revelation that Netflix’s Marvel TV shows are officially canon in the MCU.
Let’s start with the numerous hints we received about the canonicity of the Netflix show in the MCU in the latest episode of the Disney Plus series of She-Hulk.
The first is the suit. Aside from the yellow hues that Murdock — or rather, superhero tailor Luke Jacobson — added to Daredevil’s costume, this is the exact same costume Daredevil wore in his Netflix series. The same helmet, bulletproof vest, shoes… you name it, it’s there. Daredevil also carries the same weapons he possessed in his Netflix show, such as his extendable Billy Club and batons.
The next most obvious nod is the theme song that opened each episode of the Daredevil Netflix show. The musical cue plays when Jennifer Walters asks Matt Murdock if he’s a superhero after the fight in the parking lot. Fans of the Daredevil TV series will immediately recognize the notes that briefly play during this scene from the MCU Phase 4 project. This isn’t the first time Marvel has teased us with a musical theme in one of its TV shows – the finale of Ms Marvel’s season contained the theme song for X-Men: The Animated Series, when she was revealed to be a mutant. So there’s precedent for Marvel strongly suggesting the canonical status of non-MCU productions in the MCU – why would Daredevil be any different?
Third, we have more than a passing reference to the final scene of Daredevil season 3. At the beginning of Episode 8, when Jen and Matt share a drink, Matt reveals that he is still working on Hell’s Kitchen on a pro bono basis. This is a great call back to the final moments of Daredevil’s latest episode, when Foggy Nelson and Karen Page suggest that Matt start working with them again to help those who can’t pay their legal fees.
Rumor has it that Elden Henson and Debroah Ann Woll will reprise their roles as Foggy and Karen in Daredevil: Born Again, the MCU superhero standalone TV series, which arrives as part of Marvel’s Phase 5. find out that Born Again will be a soft reboot on Netflix’s Daredevil show.
This offers an interesting counterpart to Cox’s own thoughts on whether Born Again, which arrives in Spring 2024, is a sequel to Netflix’s Daredevil. At D23 Expo 2022, the actor told ScreenRant (opens in new tab) that Born Again will not be the fourth season of Daredevil, but did not elaborate. Well, Born Again doesn’t have to be a direct continuation of the Netflix show for that streamer’s three seasons to be considered canon. There are more than enough references in She-Hulk to suggest it will be one way or another.
The biggest argument, however, about Netflix’s Daredevil series being canon in the MCU comes directly from Marvel itself. In an article published in marvel.com (opens in new tab) following She-Hulk episode 8, the company’s in-house editorial staff writes that this is “very much the same as what Matt Murdock’s audiences have known and loved over the years”. If that’s not hard enough proof that this Matt Murdock/Daredevil is the same as the Netflix original series, we don’t know what is.
Of course, Marvel fans (ourselves included) might be reading this particular Marvel article too much. It could be that the writer of the article is insinuating that Netflix’s Daredevil is canon in the MCU without confirming that either. But the text is too exact to mean anything else. In our minds, then, all of this confirms that the MCU’s Daredevil is the same one we’ve watched in three seasons on Netflix.
We may have more answers when Echo’s standalone series hits Disney Plus in 2023. Daredevil is also set to make a cameo in this MCU TV show, so we can learn more about his canon status in this series before his comes one. year later. For now, though, we’re nailing our flag to the flagpole: Daredevil from the MCU is exactly the same version of Netflix.
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