It’s learned that Daredevil: Born Again is out of the MCU and instead, similar to Echo, has been relegated to that new Marvel Spotlight brand on Disney+.
Word comes from Kingpin actor Vincent D’Onofrio who says Daredevil: Born Again will “for sure” be under the Marvel Spotlight banner.
“It’s the same tone and feel [as Echo]. The attention that the bosses are giving to it is extraordinary,” said the actor (via Twitter).
The Marvel Spotlight banner was recently announced by Marvel Studios to be a new brand that doesn’t focus on the larger MCU continuity.
Marvel first announced the brand last month with news of the Echo January premiere.
“Just like comics fans didn’t need to read Avengers or Fantastic Four to enjoy a Ghost Rider Spotlight comic, our audience doesn’t need to have seen other Marvel series to understand what’s happening in Maya’s story,” said Brad Winderbaum, Head of Streaming, Television and Animation at Marvel Studios.
No need to watch Hawkeye or She-Hulk
So in regards to Echo, that sounds like fans don’t have to watch the Hawkeye series. For Daredevil: Born Again, that likely means there will be no references to She-Hulk (rumored canceled).
My insiders filled me in at Comic-Con that Marvel was retooling Daredevil: Born Again to move it away from the goofy portrayal in She-Hulk to the more popular and violent Netflix series, which has been confirmed.
Of course, that doesn’t mean Daredevil won’t be a part of the MCU, it means the Daredevil: Born Again series is more of a standalone series, and from the sound of it won’t be attached or referencing anything that has come before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or obviously the Netflix shows.
Daredevil: Born Again doesn’t have a release date but it’s known not to be on the 2024 Marvel release schedule, so 2025 is the likely release.
Kevin Feige fired the original writers and recently hired new writers, directors, and showrunners. Jon Bernthal is also said to be returning as The Punisher.
Here is what the Marvel.com website previously said about the Marvel Spotlight brand:
The audience members in Oklahoma were also the first to see the new Marvel Spotlight banner, with a musical fanfare composed by frequent Marvel collaborator Michael Giacchino. Marvel Spotlight is rooted in Marvel Comics’ 85-year publishing history: Spotlight was an anthology comic book series first introduced in 1971 and was the origin of beloved Marvel characters like Ghost Rider and Spider-Woman.
Echo will be the first series under the Marvel Spotlight banner, and Head of Streaming Brad Winderbaum said of the decision to launch the new banner with Echo, “Marvel Spotlight gives us a platform to bring more grounded, character-driven stories to the screen, and in the case of Echo, focusing on street-level stakes over larger MCU continuity. Just like comics fans didn’t need to read Avengers or Fantastic Four to enjoy a Ghost Rider Spotlight comic, our audience doesn’t need to have seen other Marvel series to understand what’s happening in Maya’s story.”