Marvel Studios Gains Back the Rights to Daredevil from Netflix. After months of waiting, Daredevil fans are eager to hear if Marvel Studios will launch a revival series or bring Daredevil into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after regaining the rights to the character after the split from Netflix.
2 years ago, Netflix and Marvel called it quits over the shared Marvel titles, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Iron Fist and The Defenders and cancelled all future plans for the various series. At the time, this was due to the development of Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+, which houses Marvel Studios content, but no formal announcement had been made and this left fans upset and confused by the seemingly sudden decision to part ways.
At the time of the series cancellation, Marvel Fans created the #SaveDaredevil campaign to reboot the franchise, with the idea of having Daredevil pick up where it left off or potentially moving on to the MCU. A resurgence of the idea occurred after the posting of a 6-month reminder on the SaveDaredevil Instagram account back in June. Now that the waiting time is over and Marvel Studios has regained the rights to the character and series there is a high possibility Daredevil and other characters from The Defenders, will get a chance at a revival or renewed stories in the MCU.
According to The Defenders actor, Royce Johnson, Marvel never wanted to end the series run, and is still very interested in the franchises. Under the contract between Marvel and Netflix, Marvel Entertainment and parent company, Marvel Studios, would have to wait 18 months-2 years before releasing any new content with the characters from the cancelled franchises.
“I mean, talking to [Marvel TV president] Jeph Loeb, I read that the memo had said, ‘To be continued.’ There is a clause that I heard through rumor that we have to wait 18 months, up to two years. Will we get the same people? We don’t know that. I think they got together with a great team, I mean, with the writers, producers, editors, scorers, the stunt teams, everybody.”
“I mean, we couldn’t be more thankful with the crew we had, but it wasn’t a Marvel issue,” Johnson added to his comment. “Apparently, it was Netflix that said, ‘We’re not moving forward.’ For whatever reason. I mean, I know these shows are costly with the CGI, and stunt guys, and special effects, and stuff. And that costs money, and maybe Netflix felt that they [were not] gonna profit from it, and then this whole purge started, you know?”
Series star, Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) had a great attitude about the whole situation though, and shared that he would still be interested in reprising his role if given the opportunity, regardless of when or how Marvel would want to present the character again. “Look, I had a great time. I’m so grateful I got to play that character as long as I did. Of course, I’d love to keep going. I’d love to be involved with it,” the actor stated.
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