Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Charlie Cox has shared his unfiltered thoughts on Ben Affleck’s stint as Daredevil.
Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock is finally in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After debuting on Netflix, the character was officially folded into the MCU late last year during Spider-Man: No Way Home, where he appeared as Peter Parker’s lawyer. While it remains unclear when Cox will return to the role, one thing is certain: it’s his role. And, in the eyes of the general audience, it has become increasingly clear that his take on the Man Without Fear is the definitive iteration. In fact, many seem to have even forgotten that Batman v Superman star Ben Affleck once suited up as Daredevil in the mid-2000s.
Ben Affleck’s stint as the lawyer-turned-vigilante was short-lived as while the film was a commercial success, the same couldn’t be said critically. Naturally, the film faded away from the public as Charlie Cox took on the role, bringing a comic-accurate take to the small (and now big) screen. While speaking at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in Abu Dhabi (via YouTube), Cox was asked about his relationship with Ben Affleck’s 2003 film. The MCU star bluntly replied how he didn’t herald it as some deep text to draw inspiration from.
“Well… I watched it once and then… I wanted to go and do my own thing.”
The British actor continued by praising Ben Affleck’s take on Matt Murdock, though he went on to reveal that, like most of us, he’s not the biggest fan of the film. Cox even had some choice words to say regarding Affleck’s Daredevil suit.
“No, after I got the role. I hadn’t seen it before I got the role. I watched it when I got the role and, to be fair… I think Ben Affleck does a really good Matt Murdock, I like his Matt Murdock… I don’t love the movie… I feel like the movie tried to do too much and it was a little tonally confused. They had everyone in that movie, they had Kingpin, they had Bullseye, they had Elektra, they had Karen Page, they had Foggy. It was saturated and it’s two hours. So that was part of that problem. And the suit sucks!”
Charlie Cox made his MCU debut in Spidey’s latest adventure. Here is the synopsis for Spider-Man: No Way Home:
For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, No Way Home stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Benedict Wong, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is playing in theaters and arrives digitally on March 22, while the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD are available in stores on April 12. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the franchise and the potential future of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Middle East Film and Comic Con in Abu Dhabi (via YouTube)