One of the reasons the Defenders universe on Netflix is as popular as it is, is that it’s a lot more independent than the MCU movies, which allows it to go places the movies can’t. Shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones are darker and more violent than any Marvel movie ever will be (aside from Deadpool) and this also means that no character is guaranteed to stay alive. One of the most shocking moments of Daredevil‘s first season was the unexpected death of journalist Ben Urich at the hands of Wilson Fisk.
While at Wizard World Pittsburgh this weekend, Daredevil star Charlie Cox mentioned that with Marvel, no character is really safe, using Urich as an example.
“I know that as a show, they don’t try to take storylines that are already written. We want to be our own thing. One of the reasons they killed Ben Urich, which was such a great shock for me, but the reason I think they do it because the people who love the show are great fans and have read the comics and we need them to know this is not a safe place and the drama is going to affect you as well. You don’t know what’s going to happen. If we kill Ben Urich, what does that mean? We could to anything potentially.”
We’ll next see Matt Murdock on the Netflix team-up event The Defenders, which will surely be the last time on screen for at least one major character from one of the four shows we’ll have seen by then. The Defenders will star Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Iron Fist, Elodie Yung as Elektra, Sigourney Weaver) as the main villain, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Rachel Taylor as Trish Walker, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Eka Darville as Malcolm, and Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth.