Marvel Studios will soon be back in control of Daredevil. As was pointed out by Culture Crave on Twitter, the rights to the character are set to revert back to Disney/Marvel this month. That opens up a host of questions, most notably what that means for the Man Without Fear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Daredevil rights officially return to Marvel Studios this month 😈 pic.twitter.com/Mr7rRNDyc9
— Culture Crave 🎥 (@CultureCrave) November 1, 2020
“The Daredevil rights officially return to Marvel Studios this month,” the tweet reads.
As fans are likely to recall, Netflix and Marvel opted to cancel Daredevil after season 3 in November 2018. At the time, it was reported that the character rights would revert back to the studio after two years. That ticking clock is just about up, which means Matt Murdock can, in theory, appear in an MCU project as early as December of this year. Since he probably isn’t going to sneak into WandaVision, we wouldn’t expect to see him return until 2021 at the very earliest.
Fans are married to Charlie Cox’s version of the character. However, the Netflix shows were, at best, only tangentially connected to the MCU. As such, there is no guarantee that Cox will be brought into the fold. There were reports that Matt Murdock was going to appear in Spider-Man 3 but those rumors have since been debunked.
Either way, Marvel Studios now has some decisions to make. With shows like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, the studio is looking to closely connect the TV side of things to the movies. Daredevil was, as mentioned, rather distant from the movies. With that in mind, a reboot would seemingly make more sense. But those who love Cox and the other characters from the show could be left feeling cold in that scenario. There are no easy answers.
Here is the synopsis for Daredevil season 3.
“Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.”
That serves as a reminder of where we last left out here. The question now becomes whether or not Marvel Studios and Disney want to pick up where they left off. Or, if they would prefer to reboot the franchise within the MCU. Either way, we could be seeing more Daredevil sooner rather than later.