(heavy spoilers for “Hawkeye” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home”)
Charlie Cox’s Daredevil has been one of the most esteemed characters in the Marvel universe since its first season on Netflix in 2015. The “Daredevil” show ran for three seasons, ending in 2018, and fans of the show were outraged at its sudden cancellation, but after many years had given up hope of his appearance ever coming back. That was until “Spider-Man: No Way Home” premiered in theaters December 2021.
The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen had a short cameo in the movie, but his appearance means so much more for the character in the coming days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Daredevil, also known as Matt Murdock, having an appearance in the new “Spiderman” officially thrust the Netflix original Marvel TV shows into being canonically part of the MCU. In the same week of the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” release, the “Hawkeye” Disney+ show also included a heavy appearance of the main antagonist of the “Daredevil” series, New York’s most powerful mob boss, Kingpin, further cementing Netflix’s “Daredevil” series, and possibly others, into the main MCU timeline.
In “Hawkeye,” we see Kingpin is still as powerful as he’s ever been, having taken advantage of Kate Bishop’s mother in his rise to the top of the pyramid of New York’s criminal underworld. To better understand the rise and fall of Kingpin’s character, who is now ultimately destined to meet his most famous foe, Spider-Man, the “Daredevil” Netflix series is a highly entertaining and character-focused narrative that is a must-watch for anyone interested in the character or who is trying to see a show heavily regarded as one of the best superhero narratives of the MCU.
You should watch “Daredevil” for his journey as a character; beyond what he’s done to expand the MCU with his appearance, Daredevil is a very complex character with an incredible narrative following his becoming a vigilante. As a blind man and a lawyer, he struggles with both his physical and emotional health as he deals with the consequences of his heroism as he goes against the most powerful men in New York City.
Like many others, I watched “Daredevil” after watching “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The show reached Netflix’s top 10 for the first time in years since its cancellation. Kevin Fiege himself admitted that the character would become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in December 2021. As Daredevil returns to a place in the spotlight of heroes in the MCU, it seems his character will continue to grow in the coming years. “Daredevil” is a must-watch for any fan of the MCU who wants to better understand his role in the larger universe, and for anyone who wants to see an incredibly written and choreographed show with some of the best action Marvel has to offer.