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Daredevil: How to watch Marvel’s Man Without Fear in release and chronological order

Want to get started on watching Marvel’s Daredevil? Here’s how to do it!

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Justice is blind, but it does have radar sense. Meet Daredevil, the protector of Hell’s Kitchen. By day he’s Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer helping the oppressed find justice. By night he’s the vigilante known as Daredevil, using his radar sense and martial arts skills to deliver a different kind of justice. Based on the hit Marvel Comic, Daredevil explores the seedy underbelly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the Avengers deal with cosmic threats, Daredevil embarks on gritty adventures that pit him against the underworld.

Charlie Cox began playing Daredevil in 2015, introducing a new generation of fans to Marvel’s blind vigilante. If you’re looking to get to know Daredevil, but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to follow Daredevil’s MCU journey.

How to watch Daredevil in release order

Spider-Man: No Way Home
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Are you ready to begin your Daredevil journey? If you want to watch the Man Without Fear in release order, here is how to do it. Please note, this watchlist only covers Daredevil’s MCU appearances. For a complete MCU watch order, please refer to this guide.

How to watch Daredevil in chronological order

Matt Murdock in Spider-Man
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If you prefer watching Daredevil in chronological order, here is how you would do it. The chronological order is mostly the same as the release order, but if you want to see Matt Murdock’s life from the beginning, you can start with the flashback scenes. Keep in mind, watching Daredevil this way means navigating flashback scenes and present-day scenes. Don’t worry, just follow this list, and you’ll be all set.

  • Daredevil season 3 episode 9 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 2 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 1 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 2 (the next flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 7 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 3 episode 2 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 10 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 2 episode 5 (flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 episode 10 (the next flashback scenes)
  • Daredevil season 1 (all episodes in order, present day scenes)
  • Daredevil season 2
  • The Defenders season 1
  • Daredevil season 3
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022)
  • Echo (2024)
  • Daredevil: Born Again (2024)

What about Hawkeye and The Punisher?

Jon Bernthal as the Punisher
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Some of the characters and plotlines from Daredevil have continued in other MCU shows. However, these shows have been left off our watch order list because they don’t feature Daredevil himself. The Punisher was a Daredevil spin-off focusing on Frank Castle’s war against the underworld. Several characters from Daredevil, including Deborah Ann Woll’s Karen Page, reprise their roles. The Disney+ series Hawkeye featured the return of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.

Neither series featured an appearance from Matt Murdock, so they have been left off our watch order list. However, if you’re enjoying Daredevil, and want to follow his supporting characters and villains across the MCU, feel free to add these shows to your personal watchlist.

Where can I watch Daredevil?

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Now that you know what to watch, here is how you watch it. The easiest and most cost-effective way to watch Daredevil is with a Disney+ subscription. The streaming service currently has all of Daredevil’s MCU adventures, with the exception of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Don’t worry, Spider-Man: No Way Home is a popular film, so it isn’t hard to find. The film can be rented or bought from a variety of video-on-demand platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, and Google Play.

If you prefer physical media, the first two seasons of Daredevil are available on DVD. Unfortunately, the third season never received a DVD release, and there doesn’t seem to be plans for one. However, Daredevil season 3 can still be streamed on Disney+, or digitally purchased from a variety of video-on-demand platforms. Defenders did not receive a DVD release either, but like Daredevil season 3, it can also be purchased digitally from video-on-demand platforms. As of this writing, Disney+ is currently the only place to watch Daredevil’s appearances on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Did Disney+ make any edits to the Netflix Daredevil episodes?

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The 2015 Daredevil series was originally produced for Netflix. The streaming service had ordered a series of adult-oriented Marvel shows, which included Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. The Netflix platform allowed these shows to go in a more violent direction than the MCU’s theatrical releases.

Two things happened which changed this direction. First, Marvel Television folded into Marvel Studios, which had their own ideas for bringing the MCU to the small screen. Second, Disney+ launched in 2019, and Marvel Studios planned to make the streaming service the go-to platform for all MCU television projects. These two factors, plus a variety of Hollywood politics, caused Marvel’s Netflix shows to be cancelled.

In 2022 Disney+ added all of Marvel’s Netflix shows to their catalog. Since Disney+ was trying to position itself as a family-friendly platform, there was speculation that the streaming service would censor some of the sex and violence found in the Netflix shows. A comprehensive study by IGN concluded that Disney+ did not alter any of the live-action scenes. References to Netflix were removed from the opening credits, but aside from that, the version of Daredevil on Disney+ is the same as the one viewers saw in 2015.

Is Daredevil part of the MCU?

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There is some confusion regarding Daredevil’s canon status in the MCU. When the series premiered in 2015, Marvel marketed it as part of the MCU. Characters within the series would refer to events from other Marvel films, such as The Avengers. However, there wasn’t much cohesion between Marvel Television and Marvel Studios proper. The films did not acknowledge the events of the television series.

Daredevil’s canon status got murkier when James Gunn stated that WandaVision was the first television series canon to the MCU. Although Charlie Cox has reprised his role as Matt Murdock in MCU productions like Spider-Man: No Way Home, some fans theorize that this is a multiverse variant, and not the same Matt from the 2015 series.

Marvel’s official stance is that the Daredevil series is MCU canon. The upcoming series Daredevil: Born Again will most likely bring some clarity to the question. Until then, treat the 2015 Daredevil series as canon until Marvel states otherwise.

Is Daredevil: Born Again a continuation of the Netflix Daredevil series?

Daredevil: Born Again at D23 Expo 2022
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Is Daredevil: Born Again a fourth season to the original series, or a reboot? Hollywood trades initially reported that the Disney+ series would be considered Daredevil season 4. However, Marvel Studios is treating the new series as a reboot. Not necessarily a continuity reboot (see previous section), but a new series. Speaking to Extra, Charlie Cox said that Born Again was its own thing. “It is a season 1, it is not season 4, so it is a whole new thing. Which I think is the way to go. If you are going to do it again, do it differently,” Cox said.

What about Ben Affleck’s Daredevil?

Daredevil (2003)
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Years before Ben Affleck was Batman, the star suited up as another pointy-eared superhero. In 2003 Daredevil leapt onto cinema screens, courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Ben Affleck played the titular hero, starring alongside Jennifer Garner, who portrayed Elektra. MCU fans will be amused to see John Favreau as Murdock’s legal partner Foggy Nelson.

The film was a critical failure. Audiences cited an uneven script and poor CGI. Garner reprised her role as Elektra for a 2005 spin-off film, which also had a cold reception. Due to his experience on Daredevil, Affleck told interviewers he would never play a superhero again (he would later change his mind).

The 2003 Daredevil film has no connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, we haven’t included it on our chronological watch order list. If you’re in the mood, I would recommend watching it anyway, as it’s fun to compare it to the 2015 series. Who knows? If Tobey Maguire can reprise his role as Spider-Man alongside Tom Holland, it’s possible that one day we’ll see Charlie Cox and Ben Affleck fighting side by side.

Now you have everything you need to begin watching the MCU’s Daredevil! Get ready for action, adventure, courtroom drama, and underworld intrigue.