It's been quite a week for rumors and speculation points regarding Charlie Cox's Daredevil and the character's potential future within the MCU, either on the TV side of things or on the theatrical side. Reports of the Man Without Fear's return were just recently tied to stories about former Spider-Man film stars returning for Marvel's third Spidey feature with Tom Holland, but now Cox's Daredevil is being connected to a completely different MCU project: Disney+'s upcoming She-Hulk series. Let's break things down.
Why Do Fans Think Daredevil May Return In She-Hulk?
This answer is mostly about setting, setting, setting. (As opposed to solely location, location, location.) She-Hulk's alter ego Jennifer Walters is a lawyer who often serves as legal counsel for other superheroes and metahumans, so her regular existence within the courtroom makes this show a rather ideal place for Matt Murdock to reappear within Marvel TV shows.
Matt could be defending someone in a case opposite Jennifer (possibly along with Elden Henson's Foggy and Deborah Ann Woll's Karen), or he could find himself in the kind of legal situation where only She-Hulk can help. The options here aren't exactly endless, but it wouldn't take endless imagination to figure out how to make it work.
How Realistic Is It That Daredevil Could Appear In She-Hulk?
Prior to this week, I would have said the chances of Charlie Cox's Daredevil showing up to talk shop with Tatiana Maslany's She-Hulk would have been firmly in the "longshot, but not an impossibility" territory. During Disney's massive investors presentation, however, Marvel's big boss Kevin Feige rather purposefully teased viewers in a way that could potentially be seen as a nod to Daredevil's return.
During the news-oozing Marvel segment of the video, Feige specifically noted that because She-Hulk will take place in the courtroom, fans might be surprised at what characters might show up. Considering the returns of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk/Bruce Banner and Tim Roth's Emil Blonsky (a.k.a. Abomination) were announced as part of the presentation, Feige's claim was worthy of immediate speculation. Considering She-Hulk is also a comedy, that would make it slightly weirder for Charlie Cox's hyper-serious Matt Murdock to show up in this project as opposed to any others, but Daredevil did provide some laughs to counter all the badass fight scenes.
How Else Could Daredevil Come Back To The MCU?
The going rumor ahead of the She-Hulk news was that Charlie Cox would be bringing Daredevil into the Spider-Verse for Spider-Man 3, which still doesn't have an official title. The idea is that because Tom Holland's Peter Parker was in tons of trouble when Spider-Man: Far From Home ended, that Matt Murdock would enter the story to serve as Peter's legal counsel. That's still a viable rumor, considering the film is also reportedly welcoming back Alfred Molina's Doctor Octopus and other actors from past Spider-Man films.
On the flip side, Daredevil is obviously popular enough that he could lead another standalone TV series or feature film if Kevin Feige wanted to go that route. It's not like any new projects would need to strictly adhere to every single detail that was laid out there in Netflix's three-season run, so there could be new plotlines that wouldn't need to include the rest of the Defenders, unless the Powers That Be would want to see such a thing, of course.
For now, there isn't any confirmation to be found that Charlie Cox will be donning Daredevil's signature costume again for future Marvel projects, but here's hoping the seemingly endless fan campaigns for more Daredevil (and more from Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk) have convinced Kevin Feige and other Marvel execs that it would be in everyone's best interests to bring Cox's Matt Murdock back into the fold post-haste.
While waiting to see if anything happens with Charlie Cox's potential return to the MCU, all three seasons of Daredevil can be streamed on Netflix right now. And check out our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule and our Winter and Spring 2021 premiere guide to see what new and returning shows are on the way soon.