Charlie Cox Has a Theory Why Daredevil Disney+ Show Is the MCU's Longest Show
Daredevil: Rebirth star Charlie Cox has a theory as to why the new Disney+ show is the Marvel Cinematic Universe's longest series yet.
Charlie Cox shares why the upcoming Daredevil: Rebirth Disney+ series is the longest show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After appearing in Spider-Man: Nowhere to Return and She-Hulk: The Lawyer, Cox will star in the new Phase 5 show. While not a sequel to Netflix's Daredevil, it also won't be a reboot or focus on a new Matt Murdock in the MCU. Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, will also star in the Disney+ series.
While plot details are still under wraps, it is known that the first season of Daredevil: Rebirth will consist of 18 episodes. Cox recently chatted with NME, in which he gave his theory of why Daredevil: Rebirth got such a large selection of episodes - up. The MCU cast brought up the "old-fashioned procedural" aspect as a possible angle to justify the sequence of the episodes. While he doesn't think Daredevil: Rebirth will be a case of the week, Cox speculates that it will help balance two aspects of Matt's life.
I’m fascinated to discover why they’ve chosen to do 18. I’m imagining there’s going to be an element to it that is like the old-school procedural show. Not necessarily case-of-the-week, but something where we go really deep into Matt Murdock the lawyer and get to see what his life is like. If that’s done right and he really gets his hands dirty with that world… I think there’s something quite interesting about that, to spend a lot of time in a superhero’s day-to-day life and you really earn the moments when he suits up.
Daredevil: Born Again Can Be Unlike Any Other MCU Disney+ Show
The first season of Daredevil: Rebirth has essentially double the number of episodes compared to other MCU shows on Disney+. WandaVision, She-Hulk: Attorney Legally, what if...? There are nine episodes, compared to six for all other shows. With Daredevil: Rebirth slated to begin filming in 2023, time will tell what having more episodes means for the show. The last time any MCU series had more than 13 episodes was Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which had 22 episodes per season until the show's final two years.
It is unclear if the length of each episode varies, as it is unlikely that all 18 episodes will be at least 42 minutes long. However, it sets Daredevil: Born Again apart from previous MCU shows on Disney+. One known fact about Cox's show is that it will dig deeper into the characters. But this also applies to other players besides Daredevil and Kingpin. With them both appearing in Echo, Daredevil: Born Again may start to focus on the MCU's street-level perspective. From Echo and Hawkeye to She-Hulk and even Spider-Man, having 18 episodes will allow Matt to interact more with other MCU players. Even though Netflix's Daredevil is an MCU canon, here's a huge way for Daredevil: Rebirth stands out.
Daredevil: Born Again season 1 with 18 episodes is ambitious for Disney+, but it may happen to other shows in the future. That doesn't guarantee Daredevil, either. Born Again Season 2, if renewed, will have the same episode order. Since the MCU is making Daredevil an even bigger player, it will be exciting to see how his new show takes the character in a different direction. Hopefully, as 2023 begins, more details about Daredevil: Rebirth will emerge.
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