Marvel TV Head Likens Daredevil: Born Again to X-Men '97

Marvel TV Head Likens Daredevil: Born Again to X-Men '97

Marvel Studios’ Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation Brad Winderbaum sees the similarities between Daredevil: Born Again and X-Men '97 for continuing shows fans love.

Marvel TV Head Likens Daredevil: Born Again to X-Men '97 Credit: Marvel Studios / Marvel Animation / Disney+

After almost six years, fans will again see Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) back on the small screen in the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again. As this will be the first time that he will have his own TV series after Netflix’s Daredevil, which ran for three seasons from 2015 to 2018, Marvel Studios’ Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation Brad Winderbaum can’t help but liken the show to the hit animated series X-Men ‘97.

On the Wednesday episode of The Official Marvel Podcast, Winderbaum talked about Daredevil: Born Again and how it was literally “born again” for Marvel Studios. The series is the revival of the Daredevil franchise and a sequel to the Netflix series of the same title, which was still under Marvel Television then. As it has the same theme as X-Men ‘97, which serves as the revival of the 1990s’ X-Men: The Animated Series, Winderbaum sees the similarities between the two shows.

Daredevil is incredible. It's similar in some ways to X-Men '97 because it's reviving something that the fans love,” he said. “But it's taking it in a new direction.”

Six years after fans last saw Daredevil in the Netflix series, Winderbaum revealed that these characters have already changed and matured. The universe is also different than it was. Hence, fans will see a different Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk / Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) this time.

“Matt and Wilson have changed, and their characters are going to collide in ways we've never seen before,” he explained. “It's no longer enough to try to murder each other. There's a whole game of politics at play.”

Back in January, D’Onofrio told The Hollywood Reporter that Daredevil: Born Again would be a continuation of Netflix’s Daredevil after a creative overhaul. The show would feature the history and outcome of the stories introduced in the original show’s three seasons. This is the same thing X-Men ‘97 has done after X-Men: The Animated Series, continuing the story of the X-Men after the supposed death of their leader, Charles Xavier / Professor X.

Daredevil: Born Again Credit: Marvel Studios / Disney+


Who are the cast of Daredevil: Born Again?

Aside from Cox and D’Onofrio, Daredevil: Born Again will also see the return of the original series’ other alums, like Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle / Punished, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, and Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson. For other cast members, you can check the list below:

  • Margarita Levieva as Heather Glenn

  • Michael Gandolfini as Daniel Blade

  • Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Fisk

  • Nikki M. James as Kirsten McDuffie

  • Genneya Walton as BB Urich

  • Clark Johnson as Cherry

  • Arty Froushan as Buck Cashman

  • Zabryna Guevara as Sheila Rivera

  • Wilson Bethel as Benjamin Poindexter

  • Jeremy Earl as Cole North

  • Daniel Echevarria as San Miguel

  • Michael Gaston

  • Harris Yulin

  • Lou Taylor Pucci


What is Daredevil: Born Again about?

Daredevil: Born Again will see longtime rivals Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk reunite. However, rather than fighting, they will try to work together to serve the people of New York. But while they leave their dark alter-egos behind, their pasts will return to hunt them.

You can read the Daredevil: Born Again synopsis below:

Marvel Studios presents Daredevil, in which longtime rivals Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk try to leave behind their darker alter-egos to serve the people of New York, only to have their pasts catch up to them.


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After being intended as a reboot, Daredevil: Born Again ends up continuing the story of where the Netflix series left off. So, as Winderbaum now likens it to X-Men ‘97, fans have to see if it will have the same success as the animated series.

Daredevil: Born Again is set to release in 2025 on Disney+.

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