Daredevil's Biggest Unanswered Questions The MCU Can Answer Now

Now that Daredevil has returned to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are big questions that need to be answered. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) appeared in a Spider-Man: No Way Home cameo, where he became Peter Parker's (Tom Holland) lawyer. In the same week Spider-Man: No Way Home premiered, Daredevil's arch-enemy, Wilson Fisk AKA The Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) appeared in Hawkeye, canonically establishing the characters from Netflix's Daredevil series as part of the MCU.

Daredevil was the most popular and acclaimed of Netflix's Marvel shows, which included Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders. Daredevil season 3 closed out Matt Murdock's TV series in 2018 but while the main story wrapped up, the characters' fates were left open-ended for the fourth season of Daredevil that never happened. Meanwhile, the MCU's Phase 3 culminated with Avengers: Infinity War, where Thanos (Josh Brolin) used the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe, and Avengers: Endgame, which moved the MCU timeline forward 5 years so that the Avengers killed Thanos and brought everyone back to life in 2023. Currently, the MCU is in the early stages of Phase 4, with Spider-Man: No Way Home taking place in late 2024 and Hawkeye happening at Christmas 2024.

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The MCU bringing back both Charlie Cox's Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, albeit in different Phase 4 projects, was a wise move since the actors were already ideally cast for the roles. Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk in MCU Phase 4 tacitly imply that the events of Daredevil are officially part of MCU canon. By extension, it could mean so are the rest of Netflix's Marvel series, although it's unknown whether any of the other characters will appear in MCU Phase 4. At the very least, the door is open for Daredevil and Kingpin to more appearances. If and when they do, the MCU needs to answer the biggest questions Daredevil's cancelation left hanging.

Hawkeye's finale left Kingpin's fate as a cliffhanger. Wilson Fisk was exposed as the head of organized crime in 2024 New York City and he got physically involved in Hawkeye's climactic battle, taking on Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) until her mother, Eleanor (Vera Farmiga), ran Kingpin over with a car. Fisk survived and limped away, only to come face-to-face with Maya "Echo" Lopez (Alaqua Cox), who pointed a gun at the Kingpin. Although a gunshot was heard, it's unclear what happened next and if Fisk was shot or killed. But it's hard to believe the MCU would kill off the Kingpin right after bringing him back. Hopefully, one of the next Marvel shows on Disney+ like Ms. Marvel, which is set in New Jersey, will give an update on what happened to Kingpin even if Wilson Fisk doesn't appear.

Even though MCU Phase 4 is moving forward at the movies and on Disney+, a predominant question that constantly needs asking every time a new or old character appears is whether or not they died in The Blip. For example, Hawkeye quickly revealed that Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) was a victim of The Blip. However, the MCU didn't address whether Matt Murdock or Wilson Fisk died from Thanos' Snap in Spider-Man: No Way Home or Hawkeye. Therefore, there is no update whatsoever on how The Blip affected anyone in Daredevil's cast. Answers to whether Murdock, Fisk, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), were Blipped or not need to come the next time Daredevil appears in the MCU.

Daredevil season 3 ended with Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Karen Page finally reunited after being torn apart from the events of Daredevil season 2 and The Defenders. In Daredevil season 3's climax, Foggy proposed they join forces once again as Nelson, Murdock & Page, with Matt and Foggy as the legal team and Karen as their investigator. But since it's unknown how The Blip affected Nelson, Murdock, and Page, it's up in the air whether their law firm got off the ground or if it took 5 years until all three were brought back to life. What happened to Nelson, Murdock, and Page is critical since it's hard to believe they wouldn't have tried to stop Wilson Fisk from regaining power as the Kingpin if their law practice was up and running.

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Along with whether or not Benjamin Poindexter (Wilson Bethel) died in The Blip, it's also an open question if Bullseye's surgery was successful and if the villainous marksman regained his mobility. Bullseye having his shattered spine surgically repaired with cogmium by Dr. Oyama (Glenn Kubota) - and Poindexter's right eyeball taking on the shape of a bullseye - was the last image of Daredevil season 3. If Daredevil is being primed to make a full return to the MCU in some fashion, then it's likely his biggest enemies will also join him. Unless Bullseye is recast or it turns out the events of Netflix's Daredevil aren't canon, the fate of Bullseye needs to be revealed at some point.

Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) presumably died at the end of The Defenders when the Midland Circle building collapsed on her and Daredevil's heads. Still, Matt Murdock survived and the equally skilled and resourceful Elektra may have also lived through that ordeal. Whether or not Elektra died in The Blip, six years since the red-clad assassin's last canonical appearance is enough to explain away how she could still be alive. The question is how and where Elektra could appear next in the MCU and whether or not Elodie Yung will be tapped to reprise her role.

Kingpin returned in Hawkeye but the fate or whereabouts of his wife, Vanessa Marianna-Fisk (Ayelet Zurer), were never addressed, which is disappointing. Oddly, Wilson and Vanessa were the most successful love story in Daredevil, and, indeed, all of Netflix's Marvel series. Fisk met the European art dealer in Daredevil season 1 and Vanessa was all-in on their romance despite being fully aware that Wilson was a crime lord. They married in Daredevil season 3, which ended with Mr. and Mrs. Fisk being separated in federal custody, while Matt Murdock threatened to kill Vanessa if Kingpin ever publicly revealed his secret identity as Daredevil. The next time Kingpin appears the MCU needs to reveal what happened to Vanessa Fisk.

When each of the Defenders' shows ended, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) almost left New York City but she decided to remain a private investigator. Meanwhile, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) became the crime lord of Harlem while Danny Rand (Finn Jones) traveled the world with Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) after Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) became the new Iron Fist. But all of that happened before Thanos' Snap in Avengers: Infinity War and it's unknown whether or not any of the Defenders died in The Blip. While the jury is out whether or not any or all of the Defenders will return to the MCU, Daredevil mentioning what happened to his fellow street-level heroes the next time he appears would be appreciated.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home's ending left Peter Parker as a lone superhero without his friends or support system. But Spidey could still have an ally in Daredevil when they're fighting crime in New York City. However, Doctor Strange's magic spell that made everyone forget Peter Parker would have had to include Matt Murdock, so the blind lawyer likely no longer remembers he was Parker's attorney. Even so, Daredevil and Spider-Man could still interact in the MCU with neither hero knowing the other's secret identity. Unfortunately, the next Spider-Man movie is years away even if Daredevil appears in it. Hopefully, Matt Murdock will pop up before then, possibly in She-Hulk on Disney+, and some of the lingering questions about Daredevil in the MCU can finally be answered.

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