Daredevil: Born Again – Why MCU’s Daredevil Reboot Need Not Be as Dark as the Netflix Version

Daredevil Reboot Need Not Be as Dark as the Netflix Version
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Amidst all the noise, Kevin Feige finally unveiled the new logo for the Daredevil: Born Again series. The stage was then graced by Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock themselves, that is Vincent d’Onofrio and Charlie Cox. The new logo sports the similar double D logo we all know and love from the Daredevil comics.

Fans fear MCU will ruin Daredevil
Fans fear MCU will ruin Daredevil

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But there is already a version of Daredevil that we have seen on the screens, played by the same actor. But the thing that fans fear and already know is that we won’t get to see the gritty and dark version we are familiar with, instead a lighter, more kid-friendly one to suit the theme of MCU. Though the fans think the change might be bad, it could actually be good.


The Gritty and Dark Daredevil of Netflix

Marvel’s Daredevil came out on Netflix on 10 April 2015 and had a 3 season run before being canceled in 2018. The show had a more darker theme, away from the general theme that fans usually see in MCU projects. The series was the first Marvel Netflix project, despite being set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it stayed away from crossovers with heroes we see in the movies because of its theme.

Netflix version of Daredevil was dark and gritty
The Netflix version of Daredevil was dark and gritty

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The show was made in a more crime thriller genre, with Matt Mudrock being a vigilante hero, who would defeat the miscreants in Hell’s Kitchen. The Netflix series did not mind showing brutal murders and fights, and a lot of blood. Daredevil fans loved the way the character was portrayed in the show, and how well Charlie Cox did in the role.


The actor managed to portray the struggles of Matt, trying to balance his “lawyer by day-vigilante by night” life. And how he still plays by the rules and does not really kill any of his enemies, despite being labeled the “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.”

Why the MCU Does Not Need to Set Its Series in the Same Theme

Despite the onscreen version of Daredevil receiving so much love, it is not all that comic-accurate. Not that the character isn’t dark but he does have a sense of humor and can be lighthearted too, at times. Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Bill Everett, Daredevil, ever since his conception had a lighter side to him, though it was overshadowed by his tragic traits.

Kevin Feige announces Daredevil Born Again
Kevin Feige announces Daredevil: Born Again

Matt’s humor is more self-deprecating and witty comebacks which is why it is easy to ignore his light-hearted side. Also, his lighter side comes out more with his superhero friends, especially Spider-Man. He is also a part of Team Red along with Deadpool and Spider-Man.


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In Daredevil #7 we see the best example of his humor when Matt Murdock wears a sweater with “I AM NOT DAREDEVIL” on it, to a Christmas party, he attended with Foggy. But the truth is that he is and it annoys Foggy. It shows how he enjoys some humor every now and then.

The MCU version of Daredevil
The MCU version of Daredevil

The fact that Matt Murdock can be both dark with the criminals and lighthearted with the good guys, just adds to the complexity of his character. That is something we already see, his struggle to find balance.


Daredevil: Born Again is set to come out in 2024 on Disney+. The Netflix version of the show is now available for streaming on Disney+.


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