Marvel Has Officially Gained The Rights Back For Daredevil
Marvel has officially regained the rights to Daredevil and fans couldn't be happier.
Netflix cancelled the show on December 29, 2018 and there was an agreement with Marvel Studios and Disney that they wouldn't do any TV shows or movies for a full two years.
After 730 agonisingly long days, that contract stipulation ended on the weekend (Sunday November 29) and it marks a potential new era for the blind lawyer superhero.
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 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 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 that 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.
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Never say never though as there's always a chance that a good storyline and a juicy plot twist can bring even the most finished of shows back for another round.
Fans are hoping the same happens with The Punisher when the rights go back to Marvel next year.
There was reportedly an agreement between the world's largest streaming platform and Marvel that it would be left alone for 18 months to two years.
Speaking to Comicbook.com in 2019, actor Royce Johnson said: "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 rumour that we have to wait 18 months, up to two years."
As for the cast, Johnson - who plays Detective Brett Mahoney in Daredevil and The Punisher - added: "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 [that the show got cancelled].
"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.
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