ECHO Star Vincent D'Onofrio Says DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Will Also Be Released Under "Marvel Spotlight" Banner

ECHO Star Vincent D'Onofrio Says DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Will Also Be Released Under "Marvel Spotlight" Banner ECHO Star Vincent D'Onofrio Says DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN Will Also Be Released Under "Marvel Spotlight" Banner

"Marvel Spotlight" will be a new banner for standalone, more mature small screen MCU projects, and Echo star Vincent D'Onofrio has now suggested Daredevil: Born Again is receiving the same treatment...

By JoshWilding - Dec 11, 2023 06:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Daredevil

Marvel Studios has gone back to the drawing board with Daredevil: Born Again, scrapping much of what was already shot in a bid to save a series which was heading down the wrong route. 

The original creative team decided Matt Murdock shouldn't suit up until halfway into the first batch of episodes and the hope now is that Moon Knight and Loki season 2 directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead can save the day. The series is, however, expected to retain its TV-MA rating. 

@PostCredPod has shared new comments from Echo star and Kingpin actor Vincent D'Onofrio in which he confirmed Daredevil: Born Again will "for sure" fall under the newly launched Marvel Spotlight banner. That suggests it will be a largely standalone story, likely bringing an end to rumours Spider-Man 4 will feature the Man Without Fear and Spidey teaming up to battle Wilson Fisk. 

D'Onofrio added, "It's the same tone and feel. The attention that the bosses are giving to it is extraordinary."

While Netflix's Daredevil was by no means perfect, it is beloved among many fans and expectations are high for this MCU-based follow-up to deliver. Hopefully, it won't be a one-off for these characters and is instead setting the stage for a new wave of TV-MA, street-level superhero stories. 

Daredevil: Born Again was originally scheduled for a 2024 debut on Disney+ but is now unlikely to reach us until 2025 at the earliest. 

The five-episode streaming event spotlights Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) as she is pursued by Wilson Fisk's (Vincent D'Onofrio) criminal empire. When the journey brings her home, she must confront her own family and legacy.

Echo also stars Chaske Spencer (Wild IndianThe English), Graham Greene (1883Goliath), Tantoo Cardinal (Killers of the Flower MoonStumptown), Devery Jacobs (FX's Reservation DogsAmerican Gods), Zahn McClarnon (Dark Winds, FX's Reservation Dogs), Cody Lightning (Hey, Viktor!Four Sheets to the Wind) and Vincent D’Onofrio (HawkeyeGodfather of Harlem).

The series is directed by Sydney Freeland (Navajo) and Catriona McKenzie (Gunaikurnai).

All five episodes of Echo will premiere on Disney+ and Hulu on January 10. Check back here soon for more on the series!

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JonAwesome - 12/11/2023, 6:52 AM
I love DareDevil and can’t wait for this show but honestly give me Spider-Man vs Kingpin like in the animated series!
FireandBlood - 12/11/2023, 6:52 AM
But all the keyboard critics on this site told me it’d be watered down because of Disney? 🤨
lazlodaytona - 12/11/2023, 6:53 AM
It's unbelievable that he sorta played Thor in Adventure In Babysitting. He's put on "a few" since then.
bkmeijer1 - 12/11/2023, 7:09 AM
Feels like the banner fits better with street-level stuff rather than stand-alone stuff. It being stand-alone only leads to even lesser viewers I think, so I doubt that's how Disney wants us to interpret it
Apophis71 - 12/11/2023, 7:22 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeh, I kinda think it is the Marvel Version of Touchstone under Disney, a label to say not aimed at kids than anything related to connected or not.

They may end up LESS connected due to street level and not Avenger or cosmic type stuff but will still be clearly fully and clearly part of the MCU with full potential of two way references and crossovers.
KennKathleen - 12/11/2023, 7:37 AM
@bkmeijer1 - would've been nice to call it "MARVEL Knights".
bkmeijer1 - 12/11/2023, 10:39 AM
@KennKathleen - forgot about that banner, but that could've worked as well
StSteven - 12/11/2023, 7:00 PM
@bkmeijer1 @Apophis71 - We'll have to see how Marvel ends up using this label, but for now it's starting to feel like they're trying to replicate the tone and feel of the Netflix shows hoping for the same level of success (which is a pretty smart move in my opinion). Plus as being fully part of the MCU they'll be able to overcome one of the main criticisms that folks had with the Netflix shows, namely the very loose one-way connectivity that they had with the movies. Which is why while the stories under the "Spotlight" shows maybe be fairly stand alone and self-contained in nature, they'll be free to reference and include and of the wider MCU stories and characters that they want when it makes sense and not be relegated to referring to characters as "the big green guy".

But yeah I agree that the street level stories by their very nature would generally be smaller and more stand alone/self contained than stories on the scale of, say, "Secret Invasion". Like, even when he's risen to the level of mayor of NYC (as he's supposed to in "DD:BA") Fisk is still usually only a NYC-level threat, not a global/universal/multiversal level threat that has far reaching impact and implications, so it makes sense to approach these stories as more stand-alone in nature, just as long as they include enough references to the wider MCU for the audience to know that they're part of it.
Apophis71 - 12/11/2023, 7:51 PM
@StSteven - Plus in the other direction at minimum could have the Mayor of New York appear on a news clip in a film to show the ties are in both directions even though the D+ story is standalone in nature...

...strong chance however that Fisk and DD will be in a Spider-man film at some point, even if the tone is lighter and less graphic, assuming Sony don't pull the plug on cont of the sharing deal but even then I'd say anything from a spotlight show the film viewer needs to know will be said/shown within the film like they pretty much always have in the past.
StSteven - 12/11/2023, 9:22 PM
@Apophis71 - Agreed. The mayors/governors of the major states in the US are pretty well known countrywide, so it would be totally natural for Fisk and other mayors/governors to show up in larger MCU movies where something is happening that is affecting the whole country, as often happens here. Like whatever happens in movies like "CA:NWH", "Thunderbolts", etc. could (and likely will) at some point involve NYC (as much of the Marvel universe tends to revolve around that city), so assuming that Fisk is still mayor at that point then I would totally expect him to show up in news clips, etc.

And yeah, I have a feeling that Fisk is going to be around for quite a while, especially as mayor, because it just sets up such an interesting story dynamic: having a criminal as mayor that very few people know is actually a crime boss. And the folks who know/care about it are just street level heroes and not the Avengers/FF/X-Men because they have bigger things to deal with. So this totally sets up "SM4" which I suspect will include a bunch of the street level heroes/villains that are being set up heading into that movie. Like I wouldn't be surprised if Fisk totally wins at the end of "DD:BA" and is still mayor going into "SM4" and it ends up being a big NYC street level brawl with DD, Echo, Punisher, etc. going up against Kingpin, Scorpion, Tombstone, Bullseye, etc. That would definitely rival "SM:NWH" as far as awesomeness for me, just in a different way.
Lokiwasright - 12/11/2023, 7:15 AM
Not sure what that means but ok.
Scarilian - 12/11/2023, 8:49 AM
@Lokiwasright -
Just an empty rebrand.
GhostDog - 12/11/2023, 8:27 AM
As it should. DD could’ve definitely operated within a more toned down atmosphere but it wouldn’t have necessarily been the most ideal environment.
ComicBookPsycho - 12/11/2023, 9:14 AM
DocSpock - 12/11/2023, 9:31 AM

Marvel Spotlight?

I am still not really sure what difference this will mean to us, if any.

Vigor - 12/11/2023, 9:35 AM
@DocSpock - thus far it seems marvel spotlight are for rated mature projects
DocSpock - 12/11/2023, 10:00 AM
@Vigor -

If I try acting maturely, this is NOT gonna go well.
Apophis71 - 12/11/2023, 8:03 PM
@DocSpock - To adults will be no different I think the way I see it at the mo...

Simply a label to say these ones are aimed at adults (put in the Star tabb and/or requiring an additional pin code if parental control settings in use) and not family/kids I think.

In the same way there were Touchstone films that most of us would have little issue watching with the family which are on the app. even if the target audience clearly wasn't for younger viewers (thus parents should watch first before lettng young kids do so).

Could also be a label saying not required viewing to understand what is going on in the wider MCU so folk feeling overloaded with content have a better idea what is entirely OK to skip if not interested to reduce any feelings of fatigue. Case of if your OK not knowing what the day jobs were prior to popping up in films feel free to be selective (cos they won't force young audiences to watch mature content in order to understand the film characters from those spotlight show came from).
DocSpock - 12/12/2023, 8:41 AM
@Apophis71 -

That's a pretty good explanation.

NinnesMBC - 12/11/2023, 6:58 PM
Those are good news. I think if Vincent D'Onofrio is okay with how things are going there on set then everyone should be calmed.

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