Daredevil will always be one of the most popular superhero shows of all time because of how equally popular the character is. In that regard, despite the fact that there is no clear certainty regarding how the Netflix Marvel shows fall into the greater MCU, we still can’t deny the fact that people will always talk about Daredevil because of how great the series is. Due to his popularity, he made a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But when does the Daredevil series take place in the MCU?
The first season of Daredevil takes place after the events of the first Avengers movie. Meanwhile, the second season takes place after Ant-Man. Finally, the third season of Daredevil takes place sometime before the events of Infinity War because the snap wasn’t talked about in the series.
Conversations regarding Daredevil have always been interesting, especially because of how popular the series is among fans. Of course, considering that Daredevil is now canon in the MCU after he made a cameo in No Way Home, it becomes interesting how Marvel Studios handles the Daredevil character and series moving forward, especially with Phase Four still ongoing.
Is The Netflix Daredevil Canon In The MCU?
Before Disney+ was launched, there was a host of different Marvel series that premiered on different networks and streaming services while the main MCU movies were ongoing. And a good number of those series were found on Netflix.
However, arguably the best and most popular out of the different Netflix Marvel series is Daredevil, which follows the story of blind lawyer Matt Murdock and his superhero alter ego called Daredevil. The series is also among the best in terms of its critical reception out of all of the different Marvel series on Netflix. However, like the other Netflix Marvel shows, Daredevil has gotten some fans wondering if it is even canon in the MCU.
The release of Spider-Man: No Way Home made us see that Daredevil himself is in the MCU as the Charlie Cox version of Matt Murdock appeared in a scene where Peter Parker’s camp was consulting him regarding his legal expertise in the matter of the murder accusations against Spider-Man. In that regard, we know that Marvel Studios has made Daredevil canon.
Still, while we do know that Daredevil exists in the MCU due to the events of No Way Home, there is still the question of whether or not the events of the Netflix Daredevil series are canon. After all, due to the multiverse theory that has become quite prominent in Phase Four, it could be possible that the events of the Netflix Marvel series occurred in a universe that is entirely different from the MCU, which is universe-616.
While we are not sure about the other Netflix Marvel series, what we do know is that the events of the Daredevil were made canon. It isn’t a secret that Netflix has decided to cancel all of its Marvel shows due to the fact that Disney+ is probably going to take over them. In that regard, Daredevil was one of the characters that Marvel Studios was quick to incorporate into the canon because, in this Forbes article, the events that happened to Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk during the Daredevil series are included as part of their past. And we do know that Fisk made it to the MCU right around the same time as Murdock did because he was featured in the Hawkeye series.
All that said, Daredevil is indeed canon in the MCU. The only problem here is that there might be some people who are wondering how the events of the Daredevil series fit the greater MCU and how the character will be incorporated into Phase Four and the other phases moving forward.
When Does Daredevil Take Place In The MCU Timeline?
While we do know that Marvel Studios has decided to make Daredevil canon and that every event that happened during the Daredevil series is canon, this still makes us wonder how Daredevil fits into the entire MCU and when his story takes place. That’s what we are here to look at.
Season 1 of Daredevil is quite obvious because the series takes place some time after the events of the first Avengers movie and right after season 1 of Agents of SHIELD, considering that certain events in the season can be referenced to things that happened in Avengers and Agents of SHIELD. Meanwhile, we also know that The Guardians of the Galaxy takes place just right after the events of season 1 of Daredevil.
One of the events in season 1 of Daredevil that has ties with the first Avengers movie is the fact that the fallout from the Battle of New York can be seen in a newspaper article. Meanwhile, we also know that the invasion of New York had an impact on Wilson Fisk’s criminal activities.
Meanwhile, season 2 of Daredevil takes place right after season 2 of Agents of SHIELD and just after the first Ant-Man movie because, again, there are references to the events of those movies. Season 2 of Daredevil also coincides with the events of the other Netflix Marvel series like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones as the Defenders group was steadily becoming a reality.
Finally, season 3 of Daredevil might be a bit confusing as to where it belongs in the MCU timeline. However, what we do know is that this season certainly took place before the events of Infinity War because it never dealt with the fallout of what happened during Thanos’ snap. And considering that the Matt Murdock we saw during the events of No Way Home doesn’t look like he aged a bit, it is even possible that he was snapped away by Thanos during the events of Infinity War.
Of course, it is interesting to wonder how the next story of Daredevil will play out, considering that there is a good possibility that a new series involving the character is in the works. In a Variety report, it seems like Marvel Studios is indeed working on the next story for the character, especially after the appearances of Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk in the MCU. Of course, there is also the possibility of Daredevil appearing in the upcoming She-Hulk: Attorney at Law because of Murdock’s profession as a lawyer.
We still don’t know how Marvel will handle Daredevil’s story in its Disney+ version or even in She-Hulk if he would indeed make an appearance in the upcoming series. Marvel execs tend to be very secretive when it comes to their plans and how they will approach their projects, and that’s why there aren’t a lot of people who know what’s in store for Daredevil.
With all that said, what we are sure of is that Marvel Studios is looking to gather all of the different Marvel shows so that they can be enveloped under one and the same banner, which is the MCU. Then there’s also the fact that, considering that a good part of Phase Four is steering towards something that could affect the entire multiverse, it will be easier for Marvel Studios to incorporate the other shows into the MCU, despite the fact that some of the events in those stories don’t necessarily add up when it comes to the timeline of universe-616. And Daredevil seems to be the first non-Disney+ original to prioritize due to the massive popularity of the character and the series.