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Marvel boss Kevin Feige has given fans a glimmer of hope by revealing that Netflix shows such as Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage could one day be revived.
Viewers were devastated after all five series were cancelled by Netflix in 2018 and 2019 ahead of the launch of the Disney+ streaming service.
After Netflix's rights to Daredevil reportedly expired in November 2020, fans called for Marvel to revive the series about the blind lawyer superhero.
Speaking to Deadline, Feige said he wouldn't rule out a comeback for the superhero.
"Well, certainly you've seen what we announced at Comic-Con a year and half ago and on Disney Investor Day a few weeks ago, so that's our focus," the Marvel Studios boss said. "But I've been at Marvel long enough to never say never about anything."
While Marvel still retained the rights to the Daredevil property, as well as the rest of The Defenders, of which that character is a part, the agreement between the comic giant and Netflix reportedly specified that if the streaming platform axed the superhero franchises, Marvel Studios would be unable to use the characters for 24 months after the show was cancelled.
Fans celebrated the end of the Netflix contract in November by making the #SaveDaredevil hashtag go viral on Twitter. Many used it to plead with Disney and Marvel Studios to bring the show back from the dead.
Charlie Cox - who played Matt Murdock aka Daredevil in the Netflix show's first three seasons - has previously said he didn't believe the show would continue on Disney+.
"I don't feel that way, no. And, I don't know why I don't feel that way. But, I haven't been given any reason to believe that. And, from a cynical point of view, it just feels like maybe I'm trying to protect myself, 'cause I'd love nothing more than to do it again," he said.
But that's not all that fans could be looking forward to. According to IndieWire, rumours have been circulating on social media that Cox's Daredevil will appear in the next Spider-Man movie, which is currently filming in Atlanta.
As well as this, it's been reported that Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones could be appearing in the MCU's upcoming Disney+ series She-Hulk.
In July last year, there were rumours circulating that Marvel would revive The Punisher.
According to Mikey Sutton from Geekosity: All Things Pop Culture, there's a rumour that, away from the restrictive content shackles of Disney+, Marvel Studios are plotting to bring back actor Jon Bernthal to play the brutal vigilante.
"Because the Punisher is such a violent character," he wrote, "toning him down for Disney+ wouldn't work; Disney is quite aware of this, and there are no plans for his show to continue on that streaming channel."
There was no announcement late last year when Disney did a massive dump of future projects. But, as Feige said, never say never.
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