Daredevil star Charlie Cox is returning to Netflix – but not as the superpowered Man Without Fear.
Instead, Cox — who reprized his role as Daredevil/Matt Murdock in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in Phase 4 of the MCU — will star in Betrayal, a new spy thriller series that will infiltrate Netflix in Monday, December 26🇧🇷
The show will also star another Marvel actor in Olga Kurylenko, who played Taskmaster in 2021’s Black Widow. Other notable cast members include Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) and Ciaran Hinds (Belfast, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
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In a press release, Netflix revealed an official plot synopsis for its upcoming spy show.
“Trained and groomed by MI6, Adam Lawrence’s career seems set,” reads the story’s synopsis. “But when the past catches up with him in the form of Kara, a Russian spy with whom he shares a complicated past, he is forced to question everything and everyone in his life.
“A triangular relationship forms between Kara, Adam and his wife, Maddy; three people who are trying to expose each other’s secrets, navigating political and diplomatic relationships, while clinging to their personal lives and those they love most.”
Betrayal is packed with talent who’ve already dabbled in the spy and crime-based genres. Series creator Matt Charman’s previous credits include Steven Spielberg’s spy thriller Bridge of Spies and crime drama Black Work. With Cox, Hinds and Kurylenko all playing in similar fields, Betrayal is well positioned to deliver a fascinating and complex spy series.
The limited series, consisting of five 45-minute episodes, will be released in full on Netflix next month. Time will tell if it makes our list of the best shows on Netflix.
Analysis: Netflix spies a new genre to explore
If there’s one genre that Netflix hasn’t fully explored in detail, it’s the spy movies and TV shows category.
Netflix, which is still one of the best streaming services despite its less than stellar 2022, has done a brilliant job of bringing crime-based documentaries to its user base. However, the renowned streaming platform hasn’t really delved into the spy genre with much (if any) of its original content.
Things have started to change in that regard over the past 12 months. Netflix released The Gray Man – a film directed by the Russo brothers starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas – in July, marking its first foray into the spy genre. Now, with Treason and a Noah Centineo-led show called The Recruit — both series will launch over a 10-day period in December — Netflix is fully embracing the spy genre.
And this is significant. Netflix needs a spy project similar to James Bond or even Jason Bourne to attract fans of that genre to its streaming platform (if they aren’t already subscribed). With its star power, The Gray Man got off to a decent start, but while we enjoyed it, it’s not one of Netflix’s best movies, even if it’s arguably Netflix’s best spy offering right now.
Betrayal and/or The Recruit, then, could help bolster Netflix’s back catalog of thrilling spy adventures. It’s hard to predict whether they’ll resonate with viewers, especially at a time when other highly anticipated Netflix productions are expected to arrive around the same time. Emily in Paris Season 3, The Witcher: Blood Origin, and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will certainly compete with the duo for audience attention during the 2022 holiday season.
Still, Betrayal and The Recruit will help flesh out Netflix’s growing collection of spy genres. Projects like this could provide a foothold for similar movies and shows to be produced on Netflix in the future – just look at The Witcher’s impact on helping Netflix’s entry into the fantasy genre. If Betrayal can have a similar impact on Netflix’s spy offerings, it will have done its job, whether it’s considered a success by ratings standards or not.
For more Netflix-based content, read the best Netflix documentaries. Alternatively, find out what new Netflix movies are still coming in 2022 or what shows have been canceled on Netflix as of late.