Defenders: Why Matt Murdock Isn’t Daredevil at the Series’ Start

There are certainly perks to being Daredevil, one of the most feared vigilantes in New York City, but it’s not all choreographed hallways fights and playful tête-à-têtes with your nurse friend – there are, of course, the consequences. Matt Murdock got a heaping helping of consequences at the end of the second season of Daredevil, when his actions led directly to the death of a close, personal friend and his season-long quest failed spectacularly.

Now, it looks like the Man Without Fear might actually have something to be afraid of when the first season of the Defenders -- the show that piggybacks off Marvel and Netflix’s various superhero series like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil – premieres in August. According to a recent CinemaBlend interview with Charlie Cox, who plays the eponymous hero on Daredevil, Murdock has chosen to hang up his suit at the start of Defenders, and with good reason.

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“At the end of Daredevil season two, everyone failed,” Cox said. “Matt failed, and the consequences were devastating. Six or so months have passed, and he's had to completely reevaluate everything that he believes, everything that he does. And he's decided to hang up the suit, as it were. He's focusing all of his energies on being a pro bono lawyer. And I don't think he has any interest, really, in being Daredevil anymore.”

It's not easy for Matt to walk away from a fight, though, and it looks like Sigourney Weaver’s new Hand antagonist is set to shake the lawyer-turned-crimefighter out of his funk when Defenders kicks off. Faced with that kind of temptation, well, trailers have already shown how easy it is for Matt to fall back to his old routines.

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“Of course, what we know about Matt is it's like a drug to him, and I think whenever Matt is not doing that, his life becomes increasingly uncomfortable," Cox said. "Because really, Matt Murdock is the lie with DD. He pretends to be blind. He pretends to use a cane. he pretends to find things with his hands. He's living a lie as Matt Murdock. And so one of the things I love about that superhero, DD is the authentic one. I don't know how much it would take in order for him to break, but happily for him -- or unhappily for him -- it's a disaster. And so he finds himself in a whirlwind of trouble with these other guys, and he needs to step up to the plate.”

Debuting on Netflix on August 18, The Defenders miniseries is a production of Marvel Television developed by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez that stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Élodie Yung.

(via ComicBook.com)

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