Matt Murdock smirks and adjusts his tie, his knuckles covered in blood.

‘Daredevil: Born Again’ Set Photos Hint at the Return of Two Beloved Characters

After Charlie Cox’s surprise cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Vincet D’Onofrio’s role in Hawkeye, fans went wild when Kevin Feige announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 that Daredevil would star in a reboot of the beloved Netflix series. Details about Daredevil: Born Again, part of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, are steadily trickling out—and after some disappointing delays, the series is finally on its way.

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Not only that, but some recent set photos are making fans very, very happy.

Do new set photos hint at a return of Foggy and Karen?

When Daredevil: Born Again was first announced, fans were disappointed to learn that Foggy Nelson (Elden Hensen) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) reportedly wouldn’t be returning to the series. In the Netflix series, Foggy and Karen were Mattt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) closest friends and coworkers. And now they wouldn’t make the jump to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Two major shakeups changed everything. First, production on Born Again was scrapped when Marvel decided to go in another creative direction (more on that below). Secondly, it was recently announced that Netflix’s Marvel series, including Daredevil, are now canon to the MCU.

That meant that Karen and Foggy’s return was much more likely. Sure enough, new set photos reveal a “Murdock, Nelson and Page” shingle hanging over the entrance of Matt’s law firm, in a nod to the new firm the trio creates at the end of Daredevil season 3 on Netflix.

There are also murmurs on social media that Henson and Woll were spotted onset, but Marvel hasn’t released an official announcement, and we can’t confirm or deny it.

What’s the plot of Daredevil: Born Again?

Vincent D'Onofrio as Kingpin stares at a white painting in Daredevil
(Netflix)

The original Daredevil series, which aired on Netflix, focused on Matt Murdock (Cox)’s double life as an attorney and a masked vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. There were no Infinity Stones or cosmic threats in the Netflix series—just good ol’ fashioned street-level crimefighting as Matt tried to free Hell’s Kitchen from the control of Kingpin (D’Onofrio) and other criminals.

Now that Daredevil is officially part of the MCU, though, it could go in a few different directions. Many fans are hoping the new series will stick to the original show’s tight focus on the gritty world of organized crime and vigilanteism. However, the whole point of the MCU is the interconnection of all its different storylines, so with the Multiverse Saga unfolding and Secret Wars coming out in 2027, who knows what could happen?

Who’s in the cast of Daredevil: Born Again?

Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk in 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law'.
(Disney+)

Charlie Cox will be reprising his role as Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, and Vincent D’Onofrio will return as Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin. Jon Bernthal will also return as Frank Castle, a.k.a. the Punisher.

In addition to Cox, D’Onofrio, and Bernthal, Michael Gandolfini (Oceans 8, The Sopranos), Margarita Levieva (The Deuce), Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo), Nikki M. James (Severance), and Arty Froushan (Carnival Row) have all reportedly been cast in undisclosed roles.

According to Deadline, Wilson Bethel will reprise his role of Benjamin Poindexter, a.k.a. Bullseye, from Netflix’s Daredevil series—although Marvel hasn’t confirmed or denied the casting.

After production on Born Again was paused for major rewrites, Marvel scooper Jeff Sneider reported that Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson will be reprising their roles as Karen Page and Foggy Nelson, Matt’s coworkers and closest friends in Netflix’s Daredevil. Like the news about Bullseye, this announcement hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we’re crossing our fingers.

Alaqua Cox (Echo) and Tatiana Maslany (She-Hulk) could potentially have cameo appearances as Maya Lopez and Jennifer Walters, respectively, given their connections to Daredevil. Maya recently took center stage in the five-episode series Echo, which includes a Daredevil cameo. At the end of She-Hulk, Jen and Matt are in a long-distance relationship, so it seems natural that she would at least make an appearance in the new show. Nothing has been announced, though.

What’s the release window for Daredevil: Born Again? How many episodes are there?

Carlie Cox smiling one of the rare moments in daredevil
(Netflix)

Daredevil: Born Again reportedly began filming on March 6, and was scheduled to spend much of 2023 filming the 18 episodes in season 1. However, production was paused when the SAG-AFTRA strike began. Marvel confirmed that the show was on hiatus in a September 1, 2023 announcement via The Hollywood Reporter.

Things got even more turbulent from there. In October 2023, after the WGA strike ended, Marvel announced that it was overhauling the way it does television, with plans to start hiring showrunners and focus more on longer, episodic seasons instead of six-episode limited series. Those plans included a drastic shakeup of Daredevil: Born Again, with Marvel letting go of head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman and planning to start the series over from scratch. According to THR, the previous version of the show was more of a legal procedural than a superhero show, with Daredevil not even suiting up until episode 4.

Now, the series is reportedly being penned by Punisher writer Dario Scardapane, and directed by Loki directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Filming restarted on January 22, 2024, although season 1 will reportedly be shorter than the originally planned 18 episodes.

So when’s the Daredevil: Born Again release window? How many episodes are there? Right now, a 2025 release is looking likely. As for the episode count, though, we’re still in the dark.

(featured image: Netflix)


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