Charlie Cox Thanks Save Daredevil Fans And Is Sorry For Lying About No Way Home
Of all the outlandish Spider-Man actors and cameos in No Way Home, there was one that many were skeptical about. Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire? Sure, it made sense. Both had appeared in previous Marvel and Sony films. Same for the villains and current MCU actors. Yet, it was Matt Murdock, from the Netflix and Marvel Television collaboration, who really shocked some of us. In a new interview, Charlie Cox thanks the fans who want to save Daredevil, and he’s very sorry for lying to all of them about being in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In fact, one could suggest that the #SaveDaredevil movement online is a huge factor for why he and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin are back in the MCU.
There was plenty of reason to believe that Charlie Cox was not lying about coming back as Daredevil to save Peter Parker in No Way Home. The mere fact that this was a Sony Pictures film at the end of a historic partnership (that almost fell apart) was enough. In an already crowded movie where Sony was likely trying to bolster their Spider-Verse, why include an MCU deep cut like Matt Murdock from the Netflix series?
Sure, Daredevil was the most popular of all the Netflix Marvel television series. All of them caught some buzz. And for all of them save for Iron Fist, that buzz was generally positive. Still, it was surprising when Matt Murdock appeared, caught a brick, and left the movie that quickly. It was, at worst, a small Easter Egg for MCU die-hards. At best? It’s the first sign of big things to come for Charlie Cox in the MCU.
It’s Thanks to the Fans Behind Save Daredevil That Charlie Cox Is in the MCU Again
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If you follow Hollywood “inside baseball,” you already know that it was a long shot to see Charlie Cox back in the MCU. Partially because, technically, he never was in the Marvel Studios universe. Daredevil and the rest of the Netflix series were produced by Marvel Television, headed by Jeph Loeb. There were longstanding rumors of bad blood between Kevin Feige and Jeph Loeb (perhaps a proxy for Ike Perlmutter). Keeping that animosity in mind, Feige taking over and mostly disbanding the Marvel Television unit feels a little different than simple corporate restructuring.
So, when asked if he was a part of Spider-Man: No Way Home, I didn’t think Charlie Cox was lying. Still, a lot of that infighting stuff might have been blown out of proportion. Feige obviously realizes how passionate they are. They will only accept Charlie Cox as Daredevil. He also knows talent, and Cox is excellent in the role. In a new interview, the actor thanks those passionateSave Daredevil fans.
As he told Supanova.com:
“I know I have incredibly vocal, passionate fans. And the #SaveDaredevil campaign continues to blow my mind in terms of what they are willing to do and capable of doing. So, I know that. But to think that they will watch other stuff that I’m involved in and support that, that’s very exciting and it makes me feel very good.”
Yes, not only are the #SaveDaredevil fans out here tweeting at Marvel Studios nonstop, but they are also following the actors to other projects. Charlie Cox is currently appearing in Kin, a family crime drama currently airing on AMC. Though, if you are hoping to see him be another kind of hero, you’ll be disappointed. In this series, Cox is having a lot of fun playing a villain.
Still, the artful dodge of doing entertainment press while working for Marvel and Disney seems to continue, as he went on to talk about why he dreaded interviews. In this case, what the actor says is perhaps just as important as what he doesn’t say.
Charlie Cox Is Sorry About All the No Way Home Home Lying He Did
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Like Andrew Garfield, Charlie Cox had to do quite a bit of lying about his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. In this case, it convinced people, well outside of the Save Daredevil fans who vowed to manifest Charlie Cox in that film if he wasn’t in it already. This is a relatively new trend in terms of movie secrecy. Things like who is cast in what is both very difficult to keep secret, and actors usually like to at least mention the next thing they are working on.
Cox might now be part of an Academy Award-nominated movie as No Way Home seems to like its Oscars chances. However, if they take account of the acting he did during press tours? The statue is in the bag.
Cox said of lying to the press:
“It was a nightmare…. I still don’t know what the rules are. Obviously, it’s now known that I’m in Spider-Man. So, yeah. But more than that, I don’t know, and the little I do know, I’m obviously not going to say. But the only thing I would say is that for a long time I was asked these questions and I genuinely had not heard anything. For years, I have been asked questions about returning as Daredevil, and the genuine truth was I 100% assumed that was gone, that ship had just sailed. I didn’t hear from any of the folks at Marvel for a couple of years. It does now look like I was lying for a long time, I actually wasn’t, I was only lying for a little bit of time. You still don’t want to spoil it for people.”
The last part is interesting because Cox has been asked about returning as Daredevil from the moment the series was cancelled. Disney wanted Marvel stuff for their own streaming network, but the deal said they couldn’t re-use the characters for three years after their last appearance. Thus, why it was years before Cox heard anything from Marvel Studios. But the first part of his answer is even more revealing.
When Charlie Cox says he doesn’t “know what the rules are,” means that while his lying about No Way Home is done, there’s still some stuff he does know. From this answer it sounds like he’s not filmed anything else, but something is in the works. The Hawkeye spin-off Echo is in pre-production and is expected to film early this year. She is directly connected to Kingpin. It feels like a strong possibility Charlie Cox will be Daredevil in that show, meaning he’ll have to say thanks to the Save Daredevil fans again.
Update: Cox Says More Daredevil in the MCU is Coming
Continuing his promotion for Kin and the apology tour for lying to the press, which Charlie Cox said he “hates” doing, he spoke to THR.com. He says that he chose to lie because answers like “you will have to wait and see” give away the game. Cox also revealed that Jon Watts purposefully shot the scene with a few beats after he first speaks because he knew the reaction would be BIG. Adorably, Charlie Cox was worried it wouldn’t be. He also said he felt nervous in the scene, despite being so close and familiar with the character of Matt Murdock. And, he admits that more Daredevil is coming with another showdown between him and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin. We just don’t know in what form. (Cough, in the Echo series, cough.)
“Look, I don’t have any idea what anyone’s plans are at this stage, but I presume there’s more for us to do…. I know a little bit — not a huge amount — but a little bit. I am imagining, I am hoping, that our worlds will collide again because the stuff we’ve done in the past was tremendous fun to do, and he’s such an incredible actor. We have to start every conversation with, ‘What do you know?’ because you have to be careful. It’s really exciting.”
Daredevil with Charlie Cox is streaming on Netflix and Spider-Man: No Way Home is in theaters now.
What do you think? Do you think Charlie Cox is still (kind of) lying about being in the MCU after Spider-Man: No Way Home? Do you think the Save Daredevil fans say thanks to him appearing in Echo, or do you think they’ll keep it going until they get a new series? Share your thoughts, reactions, and theories in the comments below.
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book of superhero short stories, Tales of Adventure & Fantasy: Book One is available as an ebook or paperback from Amazon.