We were all shocked at the cancellation of ‘Daredevil’. That’s probably the least surprising this I could write here, but it has the benefit of being true. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone, from fans all the way up to the show’s writing staff, who wasn’t caught off guard by the news. In the week since, we’ve heard from numerous people involved with the show, and now star Charlie Cox has added his voice to the chorus.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Cox offered his first public response to the cancellation:
“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did. The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that. It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again. That’s a bizarre feeling, because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”
Like his colleagues, Cox is mum on what was planned for the now-aborted fourth season, save to say that he was “really excited” by the ideas that had been discussed. So what does the future hold for the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen? Well, it’s still too early to say, but as others have pointed out this need not be the end. While the Netflix shows (including ‘Daredevil’) never quite crossed over with the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe in the way that fans hoped they might, they are nonetheless part of that world. Thus, even if this is truly and definitively the end of the road for ‘Daredevil’, that doesn’t mean it’ll be the last we see of the character. This is purely hypothetical, but when asked, Cox didn’t hesitate to say that he’d be game for more:
“Oh my God, yeah. I don’t know how this would happen, but maybe one day we could pick up the baton and do it again.”
We can only hope.