The Latest ‘Echo’ Trailer Confirms That Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Is Canon to the MCU

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe stands as one of the most expansive and interconnected cinematic realms, boasting a plethora of projects. Before Disney+ began crafting its own mini-series, Netflix held its ground with the “DefenderVerse,” linked to the MCU. Despite this connection, the events unfolding in these shows were largely overlooked by the primary MCU films and subsequent endeavors.

Enter the Defenders Saga, also recognized as Street-Level Heroes or Marvel Knights, a collection of Marvel Television shows on Netflix. Focused on the vigilantes within the MCU’s New York City, it kicks off with the first season of ‘Daredevil’ and concludes with the third season of ‘Jessica Jones.’ Despite its technical integration into the MCU, fans have harbored skepticism regarding the canonical status of these shows.

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However, the narrative is poised for a shift with the imminent release of the Marvel Spotlight series ‘Echo,’ where original footage from the Netflix ‘Daredevil’ series has been incorporated.

While the canonicity of Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ was once shrouded in uncertainty, there is now a growing acknowledgment from Marvel Studios that the TV show is indeed an integral part of the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In response to earlier speculations, Brad Winderbaum, Marvel Studios Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation, has made it clear that ‘Daredevil’ is officially recognized as “part of the Sacred Timeline” by the studio, particularly in anticipation of the upcoming ‘Echo.’

It was a lot to balance anyway, but now that some time has passed, now that we see actually how well integrated the stories are, I think that I, personally, Brad Winderbaum, would be confident in saying it is part of the Sacred Timeline

So, is the matter finally resolved? Well, get ready for some potential confusion with the impending release of ‘Daredevil: Born Again.’ This installment is touted as a soft reboot of the Netflix series, and there’s a chance it might introduce events that clash with previously “established” facts from the show, which is, by the way, supposedly part of the canon. Adding to the complexity, ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ is labeled as a standalone sequel to the DefenderVerse. It seems like we’re back to square one when it comes to determining its canonicity. Have thoughts to share? Drop them in the comments below!

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