We can now add another name to the list of people caught off-guard when Netflix canceled its flagship superhero show, Marvel’s Daredevil, last week: Marvel’s Daredevil star Charlie Cox. Cox opened up about his surprised reaction to the series’ cancellation—which came shortly after its third season, and at a time when the show was one of Netflix’s most popular pieces of original programming—in an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week.
“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did,” Cox told EW, adding, “The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that.” News of the cancellation came as Netflix and Marvel’s parent company, Disney, both continue to prepare for the launch of the latter’s new streaming service, Disney+, which will attempt to compete directly with the online giant, at least in part by leveraging the Marvel properties to lure in fans.
As such, it’s not entirely surprising that Cox refused to even speculate on where a fourth season of Daredevil might have gone, especially because no one involved knows what Disney plans to do with the character—whose profile has been highly expanded by the action-heavy show—now that he’s a free agent once again. “I hate to be boring, but to be honest, I don’t think I should answer that,” he said when asked about potential future plans. “It’s so new, the news. It’s quite painful for quite a lot of people. I was really excited about the ideas that were talked about for season 4, and I think if I was to speculate about it and it went on the internet, it might not be very helpful to people.”
That being said, Cox was clear about whether he’s still interested in playing the character of superheroic self-loather Matt Murdock: “Oh my God, yeah. I don’t know how this would happen, but maybe one day we could pick up the baton and do it again.”