Summary

  • The Netflix series Daredevil and The Defenders may still be considered canon in the MCU, as their characters are being transformed into variants in the upcoming She-Hulk and Hawkeye projects, allowing the MCU to pick and choose events from the series to include as canon.
  • Zack Snyder’s planned MCU movie adaptation of Elektra Lives Again could potentially tie up loose ends left by The Defenders, particularly regarding Elektra’s fate and her connection to Daredevil.
  • The likelihood of Snyder directing a Daredevil movie in the MCU is slim, as it would require a complex series of events and may disrupt the storytelling of the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again series. Instead, Daredevil’s cinematic appearances are more likely to be integrated within the context of other heroes’ stories.


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How Daredevil‘s pre-MCU solo series will fit into the MCU now that Daredevil: Born Again is en route remains a mystery – but it’s one Zack Snyder’s hand-picked MCU movie could certainly help to answer. Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk have been promoting their grand return to the MCU through several cameos/supporting roles over the last couple of years, but their appearances have left the canonicity of Netflix shows like Daredevil and The Defenders up in the air. Their omission from the Sacred Timeline of MCU events, for example, suggests that they are not canon – yet the similarities between their debut and recent appearances help to contradict that.

The most likely scenario is that Marvel is transforming the Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk seen in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law and Hawkeye, respectively, into variants of the characters depicted in the Netflix series. The MCU, therefore, has carte blanche to cherry-pick the events from the series to tconsider MCU canon. With that being the case, the MCU could yet still resolve one frustrating cliffhanger with the help of Zack Snyder and the one Marvel story he is willing to adapt.

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Snyder’s Elektra Movie Could Pay Off Daredevil’s Netflix Ending

Elektra holds her sai against Daredevil's neck in Daredevil Season 2

The Defenders was the last Netflix-exclusive Marvel show before WandaVison sparked a new age of Disney Plus series. Short of drawing a line beneath the stories of the titular heroes, however, the team-up series was left on a frustrating cliffhanger, depicting the apparent deaths of Daredevil and Elektra, only to have the former reappear at the end beside a nun. Elektra’s fate, meanwhile, was not so clear, but the surrounding circumstances of Murdock’s reappearance at the show’s climax certainly hint at something that follows Snyder’s preferred story arc.

Zack Snyder revealed recently that he would only direct one MCU movie: an adaptation of Elektra Lives Again graphic novel. This cerebral comic penned by legendary Frank Miller follows Daredevil as he grapples with the possibility that a presumed dead Elektra is actually alive. Given the unanswered fate of Elektra in The Defenders and the presence of a nun in the final shots, it seems like The Defenders was perfectly teeing up the Elektra Lives Again plot, which means Snyder’s MCU preference could tie up that loose thread nicely. The reality, however, is that it will probably be left on the back burner.

Why Snyder’s Daredevil Movie Is Unlikely To Happen

Daredevil in red and gold costume in She-Hulk

A very specific sequence of events will have to occur before Marvel considers reviving this story, and the chances of them occurring are slim. For one thing, Daredevil: Born Again will reboot the Daredevil mythos in the MCU and is set to comprise tens of episodes per season. The series would, therefore, have to reset the conditions for Elektra’s return by rehashing the climactic events of The Defenders. For another, Murdock’s recent appearances in the MCU make no allusions to Elektra or any of the other main players in that series, signifying that this version of Murdock has either not experienced those events or moved past them entirely.

Additionally, it would muddy the return of Daredevil in his standalone series to have Snyder direct a movie within the same time frame. While Ms. Marvel made her cinematic debut soon after her solo series aired, it was far from a solo movie, while Elektra Lives Again is very much so. Daredevil‘s own tale will most likely be enshrined in the events of Daredevil: Born Again, while his cinematic appearances will continue in the context of other heroes.

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