One thing that any reader of Marvel Comics knows is that their heroes are racked with guilt. Everyone from Peter Parker all the way through to Matt Murdock. After the events of the second season of Daredevil, Murdock is broken, lost and a failure. So much so that in the first season of The Defenders, he is no longer the devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, Charlie Cox opens up as to why Matt Murdock had made the decision to stop being the Daredevil at the beginning of the series. “At the end of Daredevil season two, everyone failed,” Cox said. “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.”
Of course, because of the new series, he would have to dawn the red suit to work with everyone else to defeat Sigourney Weaver’s character in the upcoming series.
“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,” Cox said. “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.”
Charlie Cox is a wonderful actor for the character of Matt Murdock. Having him under this fog of failure, it would create a major character arc for him to sum up his strength and find something more than himself. The Defenders debuts on Netflix on August 18. No one will be hearing from many of us for a while.