Netflix’s Daredevil Showrunner Slams MCU Reboot Decision, Calls It “A Disney Scam”

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By Bruce Wayne

The announcement of a rebooted Daredevil series on Disney+ featuring Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio has stirred up controversy within the Marvel fanbase. While this new series, titled Daredevil: Born Again, has sparked excitement with the return of beloved characters, it has also raised questions about its connection to the previous Netflix series.

Reboot or Continuation?

One of the key debates among fans is whether Daredevil: Born Again is a direct continuation of the Netflix series or a complete reboot. Marvel Studios has not explicitly labeled it as a “reboot.” However, certain decisions, such as recasting the character Vanessa Fisk and revising Kingpin’s origin, have left fans leaning toward the idea that this is a fresh start.

Netflix Daredevil Showrunner Speaks Out

Steven McKnight, the showrunner of Netflix’s Daredevil Season 1, recently joined the conversation. Responding to a post on the social platform X (formerly Twitter), he engaged with a crew member’s comment about the reboot. The crew member claimed that Disney had canceled the original Daredevil series once the crew received better compensation and benefits. The reboot, according to the crew member, reverted to the terms of the first season, which led to McKnight’s assertion that this was “an old Disney scam.”

The Disney “Scam”

McKnight’s reference to an “old Disney scam” implies a tactic where a series is slightly renamed to reset contractual terms to those of the first season. This practice has financial implications, potentially allowing the production to pay its talent less money.

Broader Industry Concerns

The Daredevil reboot controversy sheds light on ongoing issues in the entertainment industry. Actors, writers, and crew members have been pushing for fair compensation in the streaming era. Strikes and protests have become more common as professionals seek equitable pay for their contributions.

Impact on the Daredevil Reboot

While actors like Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are thrilled to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), concerns arise for those who worked on the original Daredevil show. The absence of a fourth season means some crew members did not benefit from improved compensation as the series progressed.

A Challenging Situation

As the industry grapples with calls for fair pay and better working conditions, the Daredevil reboot emerges as a complex issue. It brings excitement to fans while raising questions about how talent and crew members are compensated in the evolving landscape of streaming content.

Awaiting Daredevil: Born Again

As production delays continue, the release date for Daredevil: Born Again remains uncertain. As the MCU expands and adapts to changing industry standards, the fate of beloved characters like Daredevil remains intertwined with ongoing discussions about fair compensation and the treatment of industry professionals.