Spider-Man: No Way Home Writers Reveal Why Matt Murdock Had Little Screen Time

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For the longest time, comic book fans were under the impression that characters from Marvel's Netflix shows will never get the chance to crossover to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since they aren't canon to the billion-dollar media franchise. Shockingly enough, Marvel Studios finally opened the "portal" for guys like Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk who respectively made their MCU debuts in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye.

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Lucky for Vincent D'Onofrio, his role in the Disney+ series was quite substantial and there was even an entire episode centered on his arrival. However, the same thing can't be said for Charlie Cox who only made a cameo appearance in No Way Home that seemingly lasted for five seconds. Naturally, some fans were expecting Daredevil to have more screen time in the film and turns out, plans were actually on the table for the Man Without Fear.

Spider-Man: No Way Home writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers recently appeared on The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast and talked about their "temptation" when it came to Matt Murdock. According to Sommers, Cox wasn't given a lengthier scene in the film because I could've taken the spotlight away from Peter which was quite understandable. He did reveal that they were "absolutely" toying with the idea of featuring him in other scenes in the movie.

Sommers explains: "Absolutely. That was the challenge with this movie bringing all these other characters in. We love these characters, and you would love to see them do all kinds of stuff. But the question is, what is there room for? I could watch any of these characters we brought in just do a whole other movie by themselves or in some various combination, but we have to, ultimately, service the story of our Peter Parker and our Spider-Man."

He added: "No matter how tempting it is, we had so many ideas come up in the room of, 'Wouldn't it be cool if this guy does that, and these two meet and do that...?' There's just so many exciting permutations now that we're playing in this sandbox. But at the end of the day, there was only so much we could do, and we didn't want to do things that would distract from the story of our Peter and our Spider-Man. So absolutely, once we knew we were gonna have Matt Murdock, it's like, 'He could do this, he could do that, that would be so cool, wouldn't that be great?' But ultimately, we always had to pull back on a lot of things to just make sure we maintained our focus."

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While it may have been cool to see Matt get an extensive role in No Way Home, having him appear in just one scene was actually the right call because it leaves the audience wanting more. Now, we still don't know what the future holds for Daredevil but we can all rest assured knowing that Kevin Feige and company will handle the hero well.

Spider-Man: No Way Home is still shattering box office records worldwide.