Daredevil star Charlie Cox gives credit to the “Save Daredevil” social media campaign for the recent resurrection of his role as the blind superhero.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Cox talked about his comeback in the role of Daredevil after Netflix cancelled the show in 2018. Daredevil recently appeared in the film Spider-Man: No Way Home and had a cameo in Disney+’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
Cox is not on social media, so he was unaware of the impact he and his character had on Daredevil fans.
“I don’t get all the kind of influx of comments and stories and data. But when episode eight of She-Hulk aired, my 16-year-old nephew was staying with me. He was all on his phone, and I was like what are you looking at? He’s like showing me reams of comments and gifs and things that people were saying.”
The response, I guess, on Twitter or Instagram, whatever it is, to all of this stuff, to my character, and then the stuff with Tatiana that we all had— I got a little glimpse into that. It was a very frightening place, but most of what I saw was incredibly positive and exciting, and there were some very funny comments. It was nice to see a little bit of the fan reaction for a minute.
Cox was approached by Kevin Feige in 2020, who asked if he would consider coming back and playing the character again in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk.
Cox said “From my point of view, it was just suddenly, that was what the next year of my life was going to look like, which was incredibly exciting and overwhelming, emotionally overwhelming, as you can imagine, having not heard from— not spoken to anyone or heard from anyone about the character for over two years.
“Whatever happens to my career going forward from this point on, I owe most of it to the ‘Save Daredevil’ campaign,” Cox said. “That even when I had lost hope years ago, they did not, and they continued to campaign and support. And over the years, I’ve met many of them, and they’re such an enthusiastic, passionate crowd.”
“Daredevil is such an amazing character,” said Cox. “It’s been the great honour of my career to be offered that part and to be able to play him. I’ve had such fun with it. It’s changed my life irrevocably. And when the show came to an end, despite the disappointment of the journey ending, I felt like we’d done a good job, and we had an amazing time and we could only be grateful for what we’d had.”