When vovehals the series premiered on Netflix in April 2015, and the series quickly became a fan favorite for offering a refreshing change of pace from Marvel Studios’ high-stakes big-screen glasses. While the Avengers dealt with alien invaders who threatened to wipe out all of New York City, vovehals focused on street-level crime in Hell’s Kitchen and a blind lawyer wearing an all-black suit that better suits a burglar than a superhero. Its action was more realistic, its violence more brutal. The Avengers had had a super-soldier and a giant green monster that could destroy an alien warship with a single blow; vovehals had a hero who was beaten and bled about as often as his superpowerless enemies.
vovehals was the headline of an earlier era with Marvel tales on the small screen that already seem far removed from the present. Before Marvel Studios began creating its own TV shows to populate Disney +, Marvel’s TV companies were spread out across their own separate multiverse, offering a wide range of storytelling for equally varied returns. Under the direction of Jeph Loeb, Marvel Television collaborated with 20th Century Fox to produce series such as Legion and The Gifted and with Hulu on titles like Runaways, while Disney-owned ABC hosted MCU-related projects, including Agents from SHIELD, Agent Carter, and Inhuman. Its most ambitious move, however, was its partnership with Netflix when Marvel Television introduced a team of New York City heroes across four series—vovehals, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron fist– for its street level to the Avengers, which culminated in the crossover series The defenders.
For three seasons, vovehals never broke its stride, even as series such as Iron fist and The defenders failed to find their foothold. Much of the credit for vovehals‘s consistent quality belonged to the show’s two stars, Charlie Cox (as titled Morally Ambiguous Hero Matt Murdock) and Vincent D’Onofrio (as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin), whose rivalry on screen and war over New York City helped redefine two classics characters from Marvel comics. But in November 2018, vovehals, Luke Cage, and Iron fist was canceled, and the rest of Netflix’s Marvel TV shows quickly followed them into oblivion as viewership dropped, and Disney paved the way for its own streaming service. When Cox was asked if he was thinking vovehals could find a new home at Disney + in 2020, he told Comicbook.com he had not imagined it would ever happen. “I do not feel that way, no. And I do not know why I do not feel that way,” Cox said. “But I have no reason to believe it. And from a cynical point of view, it just feels like I might trying to protect myself, because I would love nothing more than to do it again. ”
Now, over three years after the cancellation of vovehals, Cox’s Murdock and D’Onofrio’s Fish have both been re-admitted to MCU within a week by making guest appearances in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, respectively. And these cameos could be the prelude to more significant recurring roles.
Fish arrival in Hawkeye seemed imminent already in the third episode of the series, when characters began to refer to a criminal boss as “uncle” or simply as “the big guy.” A grainy image confirmed D’Onofrio’s return as Kingpin of Crime in the fifth episode, and by the season finale, Fish was back and as threatening as ever. That says a lot when the man rocked a cartoon-inspired outfit like this:
Although Pisces essentially acts as the main villain in Hawkeye, the series devotes some time to re-establishing its background or explaining whether this Fish is the same character who took control of New York City’s underworld in vovehals– and by the end of the final he is already presumed dead. (Well, presumed dead by any extra gullible viewer who has not read the comics, which contains a similar presumed death scene that Kingpin survives.) However, D’Onofrio recently spoke with THAT ONE to confirm that this version of Pisces is intended to be one and the same. “It’s hard to connect all the dots, but they connect as many as they could and that he had lost a bit of his power because of Blip,” D’Onofrio explained. “Idea [was] to bring him in Hawkeye, to make him be the same character he was in the previous show, and play him like that. “
As for Cox’s Murdock, his appearance in No way home plays a much smaller role in a plot that pits Spider-Man against five villains visiting from alternate universes. Murdock is present for a single scene that serves as a lawyer – one really good one – offering its legal services to Peter Parker, Aunt May and Happy Hogan. But he stays on long enough to show his eerie hearing and reflexes as he snatches a brick from the air before it can hit Peter, teasing fans that the Man Without Fear will be back for more soon enough.
Without much screen time to go on, it’s hard to say when Murdock will show up next time, now that he’s been reintroduced to MCU. With Murdock and Fish both back, however, it seems inevitable that the two will meet again in a future project – whether it’s a new series on Disney + or the first Daredevil movie since the couple was portrayed by Ben Affleck and Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003s vovehals. But it feels more likely that Murdock could return even faster than that and potentially join another famous lawyer-superhero in the coming Hun-Hulk series.
Hun-Hulk is expected to premiere at Disney + in 2022 starring Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman trials and who also happens to be the cousin of the famous green and angry Avenger. Murdock and Walters have never appeared to each other in court in the comics, but there is a precedent for She-Hulk to seek Daredevil for legal advice in Hun-Hulk none. 4 (2014):
Fish, meanwhile, was apparently shot down by Maya Lopez near the end of Hawkeye finale, but the show made sure to let his fate be ambiguous by panning the camera away from Fish and Lopez, while the sound of a shot and a crashing body can be heard. The scene is a close re-creation of an almost fatal confrontation between the two in the cartoon, which costs the Fish sight (temporarily), but not life. That moment arrived at the end of a story called “Parts of a Hole” in David Mack and Joe Quesadas vovehals ran in 1999, giving Maya her comic book debut as the adopted daughter of Kingpin. The deaf superhero, who has the ability to perfectly recreate the movements and fighting styles of others, is already ready to return to his own Disney + show, Echo, with Alaqua Cox representing her Hawkeye role. And although there is no confirmation of D’Onofrio’s involvement Echo, Hawkeye sets up a potential storyline that follows the fallout between Lopez and Fish – with plenty of room to also include Cox’s Daredevil, should the show draw further inspiration from the trio’s connections in the comics.
The double returns of vovehals‘s two biggest stars open up the possibility of even more characters being reinstated in the MCU from other Marvel-related projects that were previously out of Disney’s control. And thanks to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the end of its Marvel-centered relationship with Netflix, it’s a lot characters to choose from.
MCU’s architects are busy rebuilding their character list after the end of the Infinity Saga, and while it leaves plenty of room for new heroes like Shang-Chi or Kate Bishop to appear, it also opens the door for Marvel Studios to pick some fan favorites from its newly added features, such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or Iron fist‘s Colleen Wing. (Our first taste of this potential came in WandaVision, when Evan Peters ‘Quicksilver appeared at Wanda’s front door – though it turned out to be more of a mistake that used viewers’ awareness of Fox’s X-Men franchise against them.) The continued use of the Phase 4 multiverse has already brought back a host of familiar faces from all over Sony’s Spider-Verse in No way home. Similarly, the divisive yet tempting concept with variant versions of existing characters allows Marvel to solve any number of continuity issues that could arise by porting their favorite actors from different attributes while reworking others.
regarding vovehals fans who have been hoping for a fourth season, the chances look much better these days, and as D’Onofrio recently told THAT ONE, he’s right there with them. “Just so they all know, my hope is that we continue,” D’Onofrio said. “We’ll just have to see what happens. I keep thinking about it vovehals have finished and had to walk away from it. So I think about that too. Maybe it’s all over. But I can only hope that it is not. ”