Marvel Studios has been in a state of significant restructuring as of late, largely due to the poor reception of Phase 4 projects and jarring issues with Disney+ shows. Not to mention the recent allegations and alleged charges against Jonathan Majors. However, it seems one MCU project is moving full steam ahead as Daredevil: Born Again is already seemingly locked in for a second season, according to Kingpin himself.
Our first look at Vincent D'onofrio as Wilson Fisk in Daredevil: Born Again pic.twitter.com/xiEnKUzVxm
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During an interview with Newsweek, Kingpin actor Vincent D’Onofrio revealed that plans are already moving forward with a second season of the show, which is currently filming its first season in New York.
“By the second season, there are gigantic, gigantic payoffs — in the first season, too, but I can’t say much about that — but the fans are gonna really get what they want. It’s really quite cool to be doing it.”
As to what these payoffs are that he refers to is anyone’s guess but there are quite a few fans hoping to see a handful of plot threads wrapped up and or characters from the Netflix run return. Unfortunately, Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page and Elden Henson’s Foggy Nelson do not seem to be on the casting lineup but there is still hope this could change, especially for Born Again’s second season.
The good news is, we will see Jon Bernthal return as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher along with rumors circulating that we may also get Wilson Bethel back as Bullseye at some point, not to mention all the obvious crossovers from the mainstream MCU.
D’Onofrio is no stranger to teasing the MCU’s future, as the actor had been all but spilling beans on his social media platforms leading up to his inevitable return in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye over on Disney+. Since then, his portrayal has received constant and justified critical acclaim and is set to return for multiple MCU projects in the future, including Echo and obviously, Born Again.
The actor went on to discuss how this new Disney+ continuation of Daredevil is vastly different from their time on Netflix, but exclaims that what they are making now in Born Again is truly something.
“We’ve only just started shooting. I think we’re a couple weeks in, and the show is going to be very, very different than the Netflix show, and it’s so exciting because what we’re doing is quite something.”
“I think it’s something that people are not going to expect. But, always with these comic stories that are being revisited and reinvented by us actors and the writers, the main thing is to answer the fans.”
“To give them what they want but try to be original in some way at the same time, and so that’s what we’re doing on the show. It’s definitely an original way to look at this, and it’s really deep, really emotional.”
Daredevil: Born Again is scheduled to release in early 2024, but that is assuming Marvel Studios doesn’t shift the date around like they are with so many other upcoming projects.
The show’s first season will have a whopping 18 episodes, which is three times more than most other MCU Disney+ shows (of 15 MCU shows through Phase 5, eight shows have six episodes, five shows have nine episodes, and one show is unlisted but expected to have six episodes).
Now that is a lot of story to tell. And considering a second season is already in the works, there is obviously a whole lot more to come. And we could not be more thrilled.