TARPON SPRINGS — The Tampa Bay area played a superhero-sized role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, which spanned 11 years and 22 movies, culminating in “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.

Those with local ties like actors Dave Bautista and Angela Bassett starred on screen, comic book writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Pat Broderick and Bob Layton saw their characters come life, and an artist, set designer, makeup artist and greens coordinator worked behind the scenes on multiple films.

But none had as large an impact as Aaron Moorhead, who grew up in Tarpon Springs, is having on the Multiverse Saga, Marvel’s ongoing story tied together by movies and Disney+ series.

Along with longtime directing partner Justin Benson, Moorhead, 36, has been tapped to lead the “Daredevil” series for Disney+. This marks the third Disney+ Multiverse Saga series that the two will helm.

“Daredevil” follows a blind lawyer who uses his superhuman touch, taste, smell and hearing to serve as a vigilante at night.

It’s unclear how many of the 18 episodes Moorhead and Benson will direct.

According to Deadline, some of the series had already been shot with a different team. But Marvel Studios was unhappy with the product and brought in the new directing duo. Some of the previously filmed footage will be used.

Moorhead and Benson, who made their name directing independent horror and time travel movies, previously directed two of the six episodes of Marvel’s “Moon Knight” series about a mild-mannered museum gift shop employee who learned that his body is used as the avatar for the Egyptian god of the moon and vengeance.

Next came four of the six episodes of Season 2 of “Loki,” which is releasing a new episode each week through Nov. 9 on Disney+. It follows the God of Mischief as he tries to stop Marvel’s current big bad, Kang, from starting a war between “multiverses,” which is a collection of alternate universes.

Moorhead, a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School and Florida State University, now lives in Los Angeles.

 Aaron Moorhead has already directed “Moon Knight” and “Loki.”  Read More