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As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to plow forward like the unstoppable juggernaut it is, fans are wondering what the future holds for certain characters.
Marvel has already teased what we can expect to some degree, of course. We know that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are set to join the MCU at some point, along with Blade and a raft of familiar heroes embarking on all-new adventures. But what of the “street-level” heroes? The ones who previously appeared across a run of gritty Netflix shows.
While they were never explicitly connected, shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones were technically part of the MCU. There were references to New York being torn apart by aliens in The Avengers, and a few nods to some of the established heroes (though never by name).
With that in mind, fans have been wondering how Disney and Marvel plan to handle the integration of these iconic characters into the wider MCU. Will the Netflix shows be officially acknowledged as canon? Or will we get new actors in the roles and pretend the brilliance of Jessica Jones’ first season and Daredevil’s third season never happened?
Personally I’m hoping for the former, but we just don’t know at this stage. Daredevil actor Charlie Cox has also made it clear he’s very keen to return as The Man Without Fear, to the extent that he’s willing to go toe-to-toe with his MCU replacement, if he ends up being replaced.
"I would go down into my basement," Cox joked on a recent episode of SiriusXM's Pop Culture Spotlight podcast. "I would find my Daredevil mask and hunt them down. I'd make them fight me for it."
Honestly, fair enough. As far as I’m concerned Cox is still the definitive Daredevil. Please, please go and watch series three of Daredevil if you haven’t already, and then come back here and tell me you don’t want to see that story continue. Make it happen, Disney.
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