Claire Temple may have been the first to find a beaten down Matt Murdock in Netflix's Daredevil, but as it turns out she wasn't the showrunner's first choice. Who it was, the reason why they were off-limits opens up some intriguing possibilities as for what's coming up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight, they had originally planned on using the original Night Nurse, Linda Carter, for Dawson's role in the series but were turned down due to other plans by Marvel Studios.
“The feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict,” DeKnight said, as quoted by SlashFilm. “So we just used another name.”
Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple was well-received by viewers of Daredevil, with announced plans to include her in the upcoming second season as well as possibly other Netflix shows by Marvel.
But getting back to Linda Carter, what could be the plans Marvel Studios' has for her in their movies?
Linda Carter was originally introduced in 1961 as the star of the short-lived Linda Carter, Night Nurse series. Created by Al Hartley and Stan Lee, Carter went on to be a supporting characting nursing other heroes such as Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Elektra, and even siding with Captain America in Civil War. In the 2006 Doctor Strange: The Oath series, she aligned with the Sorcerer Supreme and had a brief romance with the former surgeon.
Given DeKnight's claims about Marvel's plans for Linda Carter and reported talks between Marvel and actress Rachel McAdams to play an unnamed role in 2016's Doctor Strange movie, there is already speculation that the two roles could be one and the same. And while this does make for an interesting possibility for the Carter character and Doctor Strange: The Oath inspiring the Doctor Strange movie, at this point it's just pure speculation.