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Marvel’s newest series Daredevil premiered on Netflix on April 10, and since then has earned critical acclaim from both fans and regular viewers. Earlier this week, less than two weeks after debuting, the show was renewed for a Season 2 premiering in 2016, which will continue the adventures of Matt Murdock fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen. For series star Charlie Cox, however, he’s eager to follow in the footsteps of the character’s last live-action iteration and take the Man Without Fear to the big screen.
Although Daredevil has a big future ahead of him on the small screen, which includes teaming up with his fellow Marvel Netflix heroes in the Defenders miniseries, Cox told IGN that starring in a standalone movie is appealing to him. In his words:
Yeah that would be awesome – I’d love to do that. I love doing the TV show and I love that we have so much more time to explore the origin story and really deal with character and inner conflict, and spend a lot of time brooding in that world and those feelings, which is unusual for a superhero. And usually when you’ve got a two-hour movie, it’s action-packed, and so I think that’s one of the things that the show has really benefitted from – having that extra time to really get to know and sit with these characters and see them as humans. But I’d love to see Daredevil on the big screen again. It would be great. And if I could be involved with that, I’d be thrilled.
Daredevil’s last theatrical outing was in the 2003 film, which starred Ben Affleck as the blind hero. While the 13-episode nature of the Netflix series allowed for a longer narrative and deeper character development, a two-hour film would receive a larger budget, allowing for more of that action Cox mentioned and maybe some villains that can't be adapted for the television format. Since Marvel’s Phase Three slate of films is already full, the soonest we could see a potential Daredevil movie is in Phase Four or beyond.
Cox also reiterated an interest in appearing in Captain America: Civil War, though he admits that with filming on it beginning soon, he may have missed that opportunity. The 2016 blockbuster will see many of the MCU protagonists in conflict with each other after the passing of the Superhuman Registration Act. Although there are already many heroes reported to appear, the comic book Civil War was a grand-scale event that affected every major hero in the Marvel universe. Even though his costumed antics are limited to only a portion of New York City, the Act would certainly affect Daredevil, so perhaps a cameo is called for.
A rumor earlier this month also suggested that Daredevil and the other Defenders will appear in Avengers: Infinity War Part II in 2019. We’ll have to wait and see whether the Marvel brass is keen on ever bringing Daredevil into the movie side of the MCU, either solo or with others, but for now, you can catch up on his current adventures by heading over to Netflix.