Despite not having released any new episodes in four years, Marvel’s Daredevil has resurfaced as one of the most popular streaming shows. When Marvel Studios absorbed Marvel Television and revealed intentions to develop its own TV shows, the Netflix series was cancelled, but fans have continued to call for Daredevil characters to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That jump finally happened in December, and it resulted in a tremendous increase in viewership for Netflix’s Daredevil series.
Spider-Man: No Way Home swung into theatres on December 17th, ushering in the first Marvel Netflix character, Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, who assisted Peter Parker with his legal issues. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin joined the franchise just five days later, in the Hawkeye finale. The streaming figures for that week have finally been announced, and Daredevil managed to crack the top ten.
Daredevil was viewed for a total of 195 million minutes from December 20th to December 26th, according to Nielsen’s newest streaming data, making it the eighth-most-watched original streaming series during that time period. Hawkeye, The Witcher, Emily in Paris, and a few others topped the list, although all of those shows have recently released new episodes.
For years, fans have been clamouring for more of Cox and D’Onofrio (along with the rest of the Defenders cast) to join the MCU. Both actors have long expressed a desire to reprise their roles, and they’ve now gotten their wish. However, it’s been a long trip, and to say they were devastated when Daredevil was cancelled is an understatement.
“Conceptually, I think we were disappointed but I think we all understood what was going on…”
“I don’t think any of us were okay,” D’Onofrio recently told Marvel News Desk. “I think that we were like, ‘Oh okay, we had a hit show and now it’s gone.’ But shortly after that, at the same time the #SaveDaredevil groups started to rise, the cast, most of us I believe, but I know Charlie (Cox) and I for sure, and Deborah (Ann Woll), I think we started to learn the reasons why that happened.”
The actor continued that they comprehended what Marvel was doing because Disney+ was coming out. He added that when one is in this business a long time like they have been, it made sense business-wise. D’Onofrio further stated what would not make sense was why they would not continue that show.
He explained, “Conceptually, I think we were disappointed but I think we all understood what was going on and it sort of was inevitable. In this business, you learn to accept things because you know it’s a business in the end and there’s nothing you can really do about it.”
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