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Good news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) - the studio's head honcho Kevin Feige has suggested there could 'perhaps' be a Disney+ return for popular shows like The Punisher.
The Marvel conveyor belt shows no signs of slowing down, with a slew of new shows set to join the hotly received WandaVision on Disney's streaming service. However, that hasn't stopped fans talking about the potential resurrection of some older TV projects.
In the immediate future, the likes of the imminent The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are firmly front and centre of the MCU hype machine, as well as forthcoming attractions like Loki, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.
However, the likes of The Punisher, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders haven't been forgotten - despite all being axed by Netflix in a short period of time between late 2018 and early 2019.
In fact, just last week it was rumoured that the rights to some of those shows had reverted back to Marvel after Netflix's two-year exclusivity clause had supposedly expired.
Now Kevin Feige, Chief Creative Officer at Marvel Studios, has addressed any potential likelihood that The Punisher et al could well return on Disney+.
Speaking at Disney+'s virtual TCA press tour, Deadline reports that Feige was questioned on whether these shows would return to the Marvel Studios family.
He said, "I think we probably could do it, I think a lot of that stuff comes back to us."
Feige added: "There's always rumours online about things reverting, sometimes that's true, sometimes it's not, but I'm not exactly sure of the exact contracts but perhaps someday."
Feige, who has been with Marvel since 2000, only took control of Marvel Television and Marvel Family Entertainment in 2019. Before then it had been Jeph Loeb who had brought the shows to Netflix in his role in charge of Marvel Television back in 2010.
Nevertheless, Feige denied being disappointed at not having had the chance to take on creative control of the properties in their previous life.
He explained: "My history at Marvel is vast and involved zero control for a long time so I paid more attention to the things I gained control over rather than the things I didn't have control over.
"TV at that time was just one of those things that we didn't... just like when Fox was doing X-Men movies or Sony was doing Spider-Man movies without us.
"That was just the rules under which Marvel was operating at the time.
"It was much more of an opportunity and something that excited us at Marvel Studios when Bob Iger started asking us to work on shows for Disney+.
"It wasn't a disappointment or something we thought much about when Marvel Television was doing their series."
In the case of The Punisher, the show's two-year exclusivity clause with Netflix is rumoured to have ended on 18 February, two years after it was cancelled.
It was never part of the original Netflix deal, so it's unsure what exclusivity clause it would have been signed up to; however it is a possibility that all the Netflix-ran MCU shows should now be free to be revived.
Now there's an exciting prospect.
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