Alongside the first look at the Alaqua Cox-led series, Marvel Studios and Disney+ jointly introduced the Marvel Spotlight banner last month, which promises "more grounded, character-driven stories" that aren't as strictly tied to the "larger MCU continuity" as other small-screen tales. Whether this banner will extend to big-screen MCU installments such as Blade remains to be seen. For now, however, we're learning about more TV series that will be guided by those same principles, and of course, the recent rework of the rebooted Daredevil series at Disney+ will fall under the Spotlight umbrella.
While speaking on BroBible's Post Credit Podcast, Wilson Fisk actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who already showed up in the fun Hawkeye season 1 finale, confirmed that, as far as he knows, the team behind Daredevil: Born Again is aiming to have a mature rating and the same tone as Echo. Here's his full comment: “That’s my opinion, I imagine it would be. Nobody has said, ‘Hey, did you know this? This is happening’ — nobody said that. But it is of the same tone and feel [as Echo]. The attention that the big bosses are giving to it is extraordinary and Charlie [Cox] and I are just amazed at how much they care about this series. I can’t imagine it being treated any less.”
Fans were understandably worried after Marvel Studios rebooted the entire series a few months ago after re-examining the entire TV side of their business and how their (massive) output was being handled. In a way, and despite how great season 2 of Loki was, Secret Invasion was the straw that broke the camel's back on the Disney+ side of things, and with the movies also facing several problems at the moment, major creative and financial shake-ups were to be expected. With the Echo trailer and the announcement of the Marvel Spotlight banner, plus rumors of a renewed focus on TV shows that actually feel like the TV shows instead of movies reworked into series, Disney and Marvel are trying to make the general public's interest go up instead of down after their weakest year so far.
While D'Onofrio's words are encouraging, it remains to be seen if Echo delivers on its promise of a meaner and more intimate series. If the final result is good enough, then we'll start getting truly excited about Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk's next on-screen face-off.
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