This is a big year for Marvel and Netflix’s superhero shows. After successful outings with Daredevil (season one and two), Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage—not to mention upcoming Iron Fist and Punisher series—their heroes will finally come together in their own Avengers-esque crossover series, but not all of them are necessarily happy about it—in-universe, anyway. In the real world, everyone’s pretty much thrilled across the board.
Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock/Daredevil has always had a heavy conscience, and that finally seems to be catching up with him in Defenders. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Cox explained how Murdock is holding up after the events of Daredevil season 2 and the death of Elektra, which has him in the familiar position of wondering if his heroics are more harmful than they are helpful. He told them,
It’s almost like quitting an addiction in the hope that it will get easier. He’s perhaps a little bit lost, and the best he can do for now is to not engage in his vigilante activities. When we meet him at the beginning of The Defenders, I’m not sure he’s completely found peace with that idea. I think he’s doing the best with what he can at the time. He finds himself between a rock and a hard place, which is the crux of his issue really from the beginning of season 1. “Should I or shouldn’t I? What is more beneficial to society?”
Of course, as we all know, he finds it a bit hard to quit both on a moral basis and just because he wants to help, and Cox also mentioned that he doesn’t ever see Daredevil hanging up his suit for good, even though he’ll always agonize over the consequences. Still, that mindset should provide for some good tension as the team is assembling—the best part of the first Avengers was seeing how everyone’s different personality and goals played off of each other, and the characters in Defenders have more than enough rough edges to make that work to the show’s benefit.
Really, I just want to see Murdock and Jessica Jones argue like disgruntled siblings as she snarks at all his moralizing. I can feel it coming, and I’m here for it.
(via Screen Crush, image via Netflix)
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