However, a number of performers have returned to reprise their roles as characters they previously played under a different brand in Phase 4 of the MCU. For example, Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Charles Xavier in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, despite having already played the character in multiple X-Men films that aren’t part of the franchise. Both Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, who played Kingpin and Daredevil respectively in Netflix’s Daredevil, are in the same boat as Stewart.
It was only in the final two episodes of Disney+’s Hawkeye that D’Onofrio made his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villainous mastermind hiding behind locked doors. As soon as Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home established that Wilson Fisk was now a part of the MCU, fans expected to see a project focusing on the two arch-rivals in the near future.
D’Onofrio teased his character’s impending social media presence after Marvel Studios revealed their collaboration at San Diego Comic-Con, and the news was verified by D’Onofrio himself, too.
Vincent D’Onofrio Reacts to Daredevil: Born Again
Daredevil: Born Again will premiere on Disney+ in Spring 2024, Marvel Studios revealed at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night. Aside with Vincent D’Onofrio, Charlie Cox has also been confirmed to reprise his role as Matt Murdock, while Charlie Cox’s tweets included a quote from the Netflix Daredevil series that he used to express his excitement over the announcement.
“When I was a kid, I had a lot of fun.”
Interestingly, when Kingpin was revealed to be the main antagonist in Hawkeye, the actor tweeted the exact same sentence, so it appears that he likes to tease viewers by using that precise line.
After D’Onofrio’s initial tweet promoting the upcoming Daredevil remake, he retweeted the following message:
“Yes, Mr. Murdock, that’s correct.”
Murdock V. Fisk – The MCU Rematch
Many times, Vincent D’Onofrio has made it plain that he enjoys portraying Wilson Fisk in the series. In fact, he has stated that he would like to continue playing the character once Netflix’s Daredevil series ended. Marvel Studios can do whatever it wants with characters like Fisk and Matt Murdock now that the MCU owns the rights to them. And from the looks of things, they already have some huge ideas for what to do with them in the future.
An important announcement made in conjunction with Daredevil: Born Again is that there will be 18 episodes in Season 1. In comparison to the previous six-episode projects released on Disney+, this is a huge leap forward in terms of storytelling quality. Even if Born Again is only a one-off series like WandaVision, its 18 episodes already make it the equivalent of three seasons of other MCU shows available for streaming on the platform.
Disney+’s Daredevil: Born Again will launch in Spring 2024. A rumored reunion between D’Onofrio and Cox is also expected to take place in the upcoming streaming series Echo.