In recent years, the veil between fans and their chosen idols has fallen ever so slightly. In fact, fans have been known to influence many a Hollywood producer, director or actor these days.
Nowadays we can't move with the sheer amount of Multiverses out there. Pop culturally speaking, in the modern day, Marvel Studios were arguably the start of it all by folding in characters from different, alternative strands of a familiar storyline into their ever-expanding universe. In doing so, we were able to see the likes of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield return as their respective Spider-Man roles, and hey we even got Patrick Stewart's Professor X thrown into the mix too. Fortunately, it also meant Charlie Cox has returned - but he thinks that's all down to the 'Save Daredevil' campaign.
Netflix fans were shaken back in 2018 when it was announced that "Daredevil' and all of the other Marvel shows on the service were to be cancelled with immediate effect. Cox said at the time: "A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did. The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that."
Off the back of this, the 'Save Daredevil' campaign was launched, hoping to reinstate Charlie Cox as the blind street-level vigilante of Hell's Kitchen. However, now that the character has officially made his way to the screen (first as Matt Murdock in 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' and more recently in his new Daredevil costume in 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law'), and that he's confirmed to be getting an 18-episode season on Disney+ ('Daredevil: Born Again'), it means that yes, the fans really did win this one. The 'Save Daredevil' campaign even changed its name to 'We Saved Daredevil' to celebrate their cause.
Speaking to Marvel.com about his return as the masked vigilante, the 39-year-old actor said he owes his entire career to the fan-driven campaign.
He said: "Whatever happens to my career going forward from this point on, I owe most of it to the 'Save Daredevil’ campaign'. That even when I had lost hope years ago, they did not, and they continued to campaign and support. And over the years, I’ve met many of them, and they’re such an enthusiastic, passionate crowd."
Daredevil's small-screen appearances will continue next year. Cox and his former Netflix co-star Vincent D'Onofrio will feature in Disney+'s 'Echo' series in the new year, which will focus on the adopted daughter of the Kingpin, Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox - no relation to Charlie), both of whom appeared in 'Hawkeye'.
Watch all episodes of 'She-Hulk: Attorney at Law' on Disney+. His standalone show 'Daredevil: Born Again' begins filming next year.