Daredevil actor Charlie Cox didn’t know very much about his character when he first signed on for the Marvel Netflix series. That’s not unheard of in the world of superheroes being adapted for movies and television. After all, it’s not a requirement for an actor to know and be well-versed in his character before donning the suit.
So Cox did what any logical person would do and bought some comic books to catch-up on and research. But then he also signed on to be a part of the team-up series, The Defenders, and quickly found that Daredevil wasn’t present in those comics.
“I actually went and purchased an issue. And then when I realized [Daredevil wasn’t in it], I went… ‘Huh.’”
Cox then went on to purchase other comics where he could get an idea of what his character is like working with others and interacting with them within a team setting.
“There are some fantastic moments in the Daredevil series with Jessica Jones, with Luke Cage, with Iron Fist. I’ve taken note of the moments in the Daredevil comics where new characters are coming in and sharing panels with Daredevil, and in terms of how Matt might operate in a team-up scenario, I read Civil War. He plays a relatively big part in the comics — I mean, he’s kind of in the background for most of it, but the crux of the plan hinges on him. And so, I’m just looking for little nuggets, for stuff I can use and any clues into how I can play him.”
But really, of all of the things Cox has read and images he’s seen within the comics, there’s only one in particular that stood out for him and one he’d like to see play out onscreen in The Defenders. It comes from Marvel Team-up #9, published in 2005.
“One of my favorite images is from a Daredevil issue with Luke Cage and Daredevil on a rooftop eating cheeseburgers. I love that.”
The Defenders will hit Netflix in summer 2017.