At Wizard World Pittsburgh in 2016, Cox explained he was drawn to “Daredevil” by the show’s thoughtfulness in portraying Matt’s vigilantism and its effects on him. Unlike other superhero movies and TV, Cox argued, “Daredevil” shows how its hero feels after he beats up the bad guys. In essence, Cox elaborated on his answer in that Reddit AMA:
“I love this idea that Matt goes out and he believes in what he’s doing […] but then he goes home and he feels bad as well because he’s hurting people and questioning whether he has the right to do that. I think the most interesting inner dilemma that he sits with is: should he be Daredevil because he has these powers and they’re God-given and therefore it’s God’s will that he be engaging in vigilante justice, or does he have no right to do that? Is he kind of playing God?”
The next two seasons of “Daredevil” keep testing Matt. In season 2, the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) strolls into Hell’s Kitchen and Matt is faced with two quandaries. One, by following the “Thou Shalt Not Kill” commandment, is he just a half-measure against criminals? Two, have his actions as Daredevil inspired worse people like the Punisher? In season 3, he tries to stop being Matt Murdock and stay only Daredevil because he’s afraid of endangering his loved ones.
No real person has to face such questions (none of us spend our nights in a costume beating up criminals), but the themes of responsibility are universal. One hopes that “Daredevil: Born Again” continues to push Matt Murdock and give Cox many more chances to play the rare Marvel hero consumed with inner turmoil.
“Daredevil” is streaming on Disney+.