Charlie Cox’s Daredevil Universe Was Straight Up Chucked Out by MCU as “Forced Synergy” – 3 Other Superheroes Also Got Stepchild Treatment

The studio reportedly always treated the TV division as second fiddle to the main MCU.

Charlie Cox's Daredevil Universe Was Straight Up Chucked Out by MCU as "Forced Synergy" - 3 Other Superheroes Also Got Stepchild Treatment


  • Charlie Cox’s Daredevil was reportedly sent to Marvel’s TV division as it was not part of the main MCU.
  • Reports suggest that Marvel never took Marvel Television seriously and sent many more IPs they did not want to the division.
  • Marvel’s TV and web shows now face considerable criticism.
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With Charlie Cox’s Daredevil: Born Again in trouble after Kevin Feige fired the head writers of the show, many recent decisions of Marvel Studios have come under intense scrutiny. The studio’s TV and web series divisions were reportedly always second fiddle to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, with more attention being given to the films.


Until the new Disney+ series, Marvel Television media sparsely affected the main continuity of the films. Hence, the characters who were not in the grand plan of the MCU were reportedly pushed to the TV division. These included characters such as Daredevil, Blade, and Ghost Rider.

Also read:Daredevil: Born Again Reportedly Didn’t Even Let Charlie Cox Don the Suit Until 4th Episode


Charlie Cox’s Daredevil Was Initially Sent To Television By Marvel

Charlie Cox
Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox became the defining version of Matt Murdock a.k.a Daredevil when he appeared in the Netflix original series Daredevil. The show received high ratings throughout its three-season run and even led to spin-off series such as The Punisher, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist

Cox’s dark and gritty portrayal was welcomed with open arms as until then the only other portrayal was Ben Affleck’s goofy and campy version in the 2003 film. The film, though a commercial success, was criticized by many for its campy tone. Back then, the rights for characters such as Daredevil were with 20th Century Fox. 

Also read:Kevin Feige Reportedly Hated Charlie Cox’s Daredevil: Born Again, Fired All Writers and Directors for a Total Overhaul

Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Charlie Cox as Daredevil

Marvel’s rights to Daredevil were reverted back to them after the establishment of the MCU. The Marvel Creative Committee a.k.a MCC reportedly pawned it off to Marvel Television as they did not fit into the plan of the MCU back then. Hence, other studios such as Netflix could be able to make shows such as Daredevil without worrying too much about the MCU continuity. 

However, Charle Cox’s Daredevil was soon canceled, despite high ratings. Charlie Cox was integrated into the MCU with his first appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home and then was given his own show Daredevil: Born Again. However, that too seems to be in trouble now as Kevin Feige reportedly fired the head writers of the show midway through production.

Also read:Charlie Cox’s Daredevil: Born Again Faces Major Setback as Kevin Feige Fires Entire Team After Samuel L. Jackson Led Secret Invasion Failed Miserably


Marvel Studios Considered Marvel Television To Be A ‘Forced Synergy’

Cast of Agents of  S.H.I.E.L.D
Cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

According to the book MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios by Joanna Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, and Gavin Edwards, Marvel Studios did not take Marvel Television very seriously, and considered them to be a ‘forced synergy’. The two divisions were reportedly placed at opposite ends of Disney’s Burbank headquarters. Hence, shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D existed mostly outside the MCU’s continuity.

Many other IPs such as Blade, Luke Cage, and Ghost Rider were also pushed to Television by the legendary MCC. While Luke Cage found a home in the Netflix series and was also seen in the team-up miniseries The Defenders, Blade is still awaiting filming after being teased in Eternals, while there is no news on Ghost Rider.

Also read:“It’s an old Disney scam”: Daredevil’s Showrunner Has Disturbing Allegations Against Disney Over Marvel’s ‘Daredevil: Born Again’


According to the book, the MCC was responsible for many of the unpopular decisions taken by the studio. The closing of the MCC during ‘Phase Three’ is attributed to the Russo Brothers who threatened to quit during the filming of Captain America: Civil War due to the production demands by the committee.

Due to Marvel Studios not being involved in TV, they did not take considerable interest in their TV content until the MCU’s ‘Phase Four’. The studio chose to ditch the traditional system of filming a pilot and then commissioning a season. The Disney+ shows have constantly come under criticism for their weak writing.

Also read:Charlie Cox’s Daredevil Rumored to Get New Love Interest in ‘Born Again’ With Mysterious Ties to Major Villain Wilson Fisk


Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 1,000 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.