The Defenders will unite the heroes of the previous Netflix Marvel shows in a battle to save New York City, but it appears Matt Murdock will have given up his life of vigilantism when fans reunite with him in the upcoming series. In a roundtable interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con, actor Charlie Cox explained why Matt Murdock has decided to hang up the mask at the beginning of The Defenders.
Cox explained that the events of Daredevil season two have prompted Matt to abandon his crime fighting life as Daredevil:
“At the end of Daredevil Season 2, everyone failed. 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.”
Cox later elaborated on why he believes it is difficult for Matt to permanently abandon life as a vigilante:
“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. 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.”
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“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
Marvel’s The Defenders stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Deborah Ann Woll, Simone Missick, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rachel Taylor, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick, Elodie Yung and Sigourney Weaver.
Marvel’s The Defenders is set to debut on Netflix on August 18, 2017.