The inevitable Daredevil vs. Kingpin fight in Daredevil: Born Again is set to be bigger than any of their encounters in the Netflix Daredevil show.
Warning! SPOILERS for She-Hulk episode 8.
Daredevil returned in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law now far more agile than he was in Netflix’s Daredevil, and judging by Wilson Fisk’s scenes in Hawkeye, the MCU is setting up the definitive Daredevil vs. Kingpin rematch. While Charlie Cox had already appeared as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, She-Hulk marked the proper debut of the masked vigilante Daredevil in the MCU. Though canon questions remain unanswered, it is clear that the MCU’s Daredevil and Kingpin are more comic-accurate when it comes to their skills than their Netflix Daredevil counterparts.
Daredevil’s appearance in She-Hulk was a significant event both for the character and for the MCU. Aside from Punisher and the Defenders, Charlie Cox’s Daredevil never got to interact with other Marvel heroes, as the Netflix Marvel series could only tackle certain characters. Still, Daredevil is set to cross paths with Wilson Fisk once again as both Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio have been confirmed to reprise their roles in Daredevil: Born Again.
Daredevil: Born Again will be the MCU’s first Daredevil-centered story, but Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk are already leaving strong impressions in the franchise. Before Daredevil fought She-Hulk, Wilson Fisk had faced Kate Bishop in the Hawkeye finale. In both of those cases, the strength and the skills shown by Daredevil and Kingpin far surpassed that of their Netflix Daredevil counterparts and were instead more reminiscent of their comic book versions. For example, Wilson Fisk was shot with an explosive arrow and was able to get up as if nothing had happened. Fisk was also able to throw Kate Bishop from one side of the room to the other, and while Kingpin was quite strong in Daredevil, none of his scenes on the Netflix show compare to what he did in Hawkeye. Likewise, while Daredevil was always agile and skillful in the Netflix show, the speed and agility shown by Matt Murdock in She-Hulk are closer to those of comic book Daredevil than anything from the Netflix show. Now that Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk have been effectively “powered up,” the inevitable Daredevil vs. Kingpin fight in Daredevil: Born Again is set to be bigger than any of their encounters in Netflix’s Daredevil.
Why The MCU Is Making Daredevil & Kingpin Stronger
Now that Daredevil and Kingpin are part of a world in which superheroes, magic, and alien technology are common, the duo had to be given a power-up. The Netflix Marvel shows, despite also dealing with supernatural elements, were mostly grounded in reality. The Daredevil fight scenes were very visceral, yet they always highlighted how Matt was a human who could only move so fast and take so many punches. That sense of realism would not work in the MCU, as even heroes who do not have superpowers (e.g., Hawkeye and Black Widow) are able to keep up with super soldiers or the Hulk. It is likely that Daredevil and Kingpin will not be restricted to Daredevil: Born Again going forward, which is why they needed to be leveled up before they interacted with other MCU heroes and villains.
Another reason for that change is that the MCU can set its version of Daredevil and Kingpin apart from Netflix’s Daredevil right away. Even if the Netflix Daredevil show turns out to be canon, comparisons between that version and the MCU can be eased if Daredevil: Born Again explores other sides of the characters. Making Daredevil and Kingpin’s skills more comic-accurate as seen in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Hawkeye is a great first step.