As audiences await the debut of Daredevil: Born Again, the executive producer of Echo, Brad Winderbaum, claims that Netflix's Daredevil series is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon.

Speaking with Screen Rant, Winderbaum delved into whether the events of Daredevil will be canon or if Born Again will stand alone with no connection to the Netflix series. According to Winderbaum, Marvel Studios considers Daredevil to be a part of its central timeline and said it will factor into upcoming Phase Five shows such as Echo. "I can say that up until this point, we've been a little bit cagey about what's Sacred Timeline, what's not Sacred Timeline. That was born of, frankly, a period at the studio where we were like, 'We have to stick the landing with the vendors.' It was another part of the company developing the Netflix stuff. We were aware of what they were doing, they were aware of what we were doing, but there was a lot to balance anyway," he said. The producer continued, "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."

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Marvel has yet to make a clear public statement about whether Netflix's Daredevil will be a part of the MCU continuity going forward. However, it's been rumored since last April that Echo and Born Again contain direct references to the Netflix series, suggesting it will be strongly integrated within the MCU framework. Additionally, an Easter egg from the original Daredevil was in the MCU's first Phase Five series, Secret Invasion.

Born Again is undergoing a creative shift after an overhaul of the show's directors and writers last September, despite around half of Season 1's 18 episodes being filmed at that point. After Born Again landed a new showrunner the following month, optimism for the series rose once more, with star Vincent D'Onofrio insisting the show will have the same "feel" as its Netflix counterpart while thanking Marvel for its careful consideration regarding the upcoming MCU series. Filming for the show was suspended due to the SAG-AFTRA strike, but will resume soon.

Before Born Again, D'Onofrio will star alongside Alaqua Cox and Daredevil actor Charlie Cox in the next Phase Five series, Echo. Created by Marion Dayre, Echo chronicles the titular character's return to her home state of Oklahoma to reconnect with her family and native roots as she puts her criminal past behind her. However, Maya Lopez encounters nefarious crime boss Kingpin (D'Onofrio), who tries to re-align with his former Tracksuit Mafia understudy to take out a common enemy.

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Echo is the first show released under the Marvel Spotlight banner and the first TV-MA series in MCU history given its penchant for gore. The five-episode miniseries also reportedly paves the way for Maya's role in Born Again.

Echo premieres on Disney+ on Jan. 9.

Source: Screen Rant