The effect of Thanos’ snap on Matt Murdock can be shown during Marvel Studios’ upcoming Daredevil: Born Again. The MCU’s Phase 4 dealt heavily with the impact of Avengers: Endgame’s five-year Blip, which started during Avengers: Infinity War when Thanos completed his mission, and snapped half of the population of the universe out of existence. As such a monumental and historic event, there are questions surrounding why life during the Blip hasn’t properly been examined, especially when many of the MCU’s heroes were directly affected by the tragic turn of events at the end of the MCU’s Infinity War.
One upcoming Disney+ series that could explore the Blip in greater detail is Daredevil: Born Again. It’s widely assumed that Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, was a victim of Thanos’ snap, creating a void in the MCU’s street-level heroes that allowed looming crime boss Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, to acquire even more power during those tragic five years. While this hasn’t been confirmed, Marvel Studios have the opportunity to show a much darker side to the Blip, perhaps even gifting audiences a new perspective on the Avengers: Infinity War story that has previously been told.
Daredevil Would Have Experienced Thanos’ Snap Very Differently
One haunting theory from Reddit user Rickirontran suggests that Matt Murdock’s experience of Thanos’ snap was much more traumatic than anyone first realized. As a child, Murdock was blinded during an accident involving radioactive chemicals, though his other senses were heightened to superhuman degrees by the spill, which makes him one of the most unsuspecting vigilante heroes in Marvel’s roster. Unfortunately, Daredevil’s blindness would have also meant that he experienced Thanos’ snap very differently, as he wouldn’t have been able to see the devastation occurring around him, but rather heard and felt it with his other super-powered senses.
Matt Murdock would have heard not only the screams of the confused bystanders to Thanos’ attack, but also the endings of hundreds of heartbeats, a dark twist on a superpower that usually allows him to best any opponent. If he was snapped away, Daredevil would have experienced this moment of devastation only moments before vanishing himself, but if he survived Thanos’ snap, this moment of silence would have been replaced with the sounds of survivors screaming, vehicles crashing, and general calamity happening as was glimpsed in Avengers: Infinity War’s post-credits scene, which saw Maria Hill and Nick Fury snapped away in the street.
The Blip Can Make Daredevil: Born Again A Darker MCU Series
Featuring the effect of Thanos’ snap in Daredevil: Born Again would make for an incredibly dark moment of TV. However, since one of the biggest concerns for Born Again is the departure from the darker tones of Netflix’s Daredevil series, this might be the perfect way to supplant it. Daredevil hasn’t had any problem integrating into the MCU, with appearances in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law making him one of the most prominent Phase 4 heroes, but including the Blip in Born Again would cement the Man Without Fear as part of the MCU’s history.
If Matt Murdock survived, there’s no doubt that the brooding hero would feel personally at fault for failing to protect his city. This would provide some incredible conflict for Daredevil in the MCU that hasn’t been seen before. Perhaps his willingness to interact with other heroes is due to his desire to stop something like the Blip from happening again. One thing’s for sure, Daredevil: Born Again will present a version of Daredevil that has been significantly changed by the events of previous MCU projects.
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