The devil has a foothold at Marvel, which just can’t quite seem to quit their blind lawyer-turned-nocturnal vigilante. After three seasons at Netflix, Variety now reports that Daredevil will live again on Disney+, with the original cast returning for another round of putting bad guys in their place. That’s good news for fans of the character and good news for fans of thoughtful spiritual content, since Daredevil was the most spiritually inclined this franchise has ever gotten.
In the comics, Matt Murdock is a tortured Catholic, forever wrestling with what he feels is his spiritual calling to defend the innocent in court and beat the wicked into submission on the streets. Netflix’s televised adaptation leaned into this, giving Daredevil (Charlie Cox) some real theological wrestling matches with both himself and his priest (Peter McRobbie) that were every bit as gripping as his physical wrestling matches with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) and other various lowlifes.
The news isn’t a total surprise, since the MCU has been steadily reintroducing characters from the Netflix show back into their main line of content, and Cox popped up in Spider-Man: No Way Home and D’Onofrio in Disney+’s Hawkeye series. It remains to be seen if other characters like Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones or Mike Coulter’s Luke Cage will re-appear as well, but given Marvel’s slavish devotion to fan appeasement, it’s a safe bet.
Will Disney+ retain Daredevil‘s interest in theological profundity? That remains to be seen. The new season is being written by Matt Corman and Chris Ord, best known for Covert Affairs and The Brave, so we’ll see how those talents serve them in the superhero world.
When RELEVANT spoke with Cox about his Daredevil roll, he was clear about what set his character apart from the MCU pack. “He’s religious,” Cox said. “He comes from a religious background. He’s Catholic. So he’s dealing with this always in the back of his mind, this idea of morality and original sin, and also God’s will. What is God’s will? I don’t think he would be in any doubt as to whether going out and beating people up is God’s will or not.”
Tyler Huckabee is RELEVANT's senior editor. He lives in Nashville with his wife, dog and Twitter account.