Charlie Cox Reveals When Marvel Asked Him To Reprise His Role
After years of #SaveDaredevil campaigns, Charlie Cox finally got to reprise his role as Matt Murdock in one of Spider-Man: No Way Home’s most memorable scenes. It wasn’t easy for Cox to keep his comeback a secret. However, it seems as though no one was more surprised by his appearance than the actor himself. Charlie Cox reveals.
Cox shared more details about his No Way Home cameo in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Specifically, he described the phone call he received from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige in June 2020. Cox initially considered the possibility that someone was playing a joke on him. Regardless, that wasn’t the case at all, and he was happy to get the chance.
“It was a pretty surreal moment, I’m not going to lie,” said Cox. “Bear in mind that it’s been a few years. And I was pretty convinced it was over. Kevin said, ‘We’ve got some ideas, but I wanted to make sure that you, in principle, are interested.’ And I was like, ‘I’m very interested.’ And then I didn’t hear from anyone for two months. And I got to the point where I wondered if I dreamt it.”
Additionally, Cox confirmed that his cameo was shot to give moviegoers enough time to applaud his return.
“Jon [Watts] said, ‘I have built in this moment where we reveal you,” continued Cox. “And no one speaks for a few beats because the audience will have a big reaction. I was a bit embarrassed, like, ‘Are you sure?’ I was going with the flow, but thinking, ‘I hope it’s not a letdown.’ But I got a lot of texts from friends who were at the premiere or saw it opening weekend, who told me there was a cool vocal reaction when that scene came on. It’s a strange feeling, but I am so grateful.”
It was also somewhat ironic to see Cox share the screen with Jon Favreau’s Happy Hogan. Before he helped launch the MCU as the director of Iron Man in 2008, Favreau made his first trip to the Marvel Universe in 2003, when he played Foggy Nelson in 20th Century Fox’s Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck as the blind superhero. According to Cox, they workshopped a line that would have referenced Favreau’s role in that film. But this ultimately didn’t make it into No Way Home‘s final cut.
“I don’t think they used it, but we added a little Easter egg where he goes, ‘Yeah, I’m a little foggy on how that happened’ or something,” revealed Cox. “That was a cool moment for me to meet him and chat about all that stuff.”
Right now, the biggest question on everyone’s mind is where Matt Murdock might pop up next, especially with Vincent D’Onofrio also back in the fold as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin thanks to Disney+’s Hawkeye series. Earlier this month, Cox claimed that he still didn’t know what Marvel had planned for his character. But now it sounds like someone from the studio may have offered him some clues.
“Look, I don’t have any idea what anyone’s plans are at this stage,” added Cox. “But I presume there’s more for us to do. I know a little bit — not a huge amount — but a little bit. I am imagining, I am hoping, that our worlds will collide again because the stuff we’ve done in the past was tremendous fun to do, and [D’Onofrio]’s such an incredible actor. We have to start every conversation with, ‘What do you know?’ because you have to be careful. It’s really exciting.”
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