When Marvel Studios was still in its nascent stage, Netflix played the long game and brought the rights to some popular Marvel heroes. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist got their solo shows on Netflix. With the four heroes making quite a name for themselves, Netflix succeeded in creating the Defenders universe. It was a massive hit and Netflix raked in huge viewership ratings. Daredevil was obviously the most successful of them all but the rest came pretty close. Tragedy struck when Marvel joined forces with Disney+ and Netflix had to cancel its defenders universe. But all is still not lost for the fans.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige claims there is still a chance for Netflix’s Marvel Universe to come under the Marvel Cinematic Universe banner. Can Marvel Studios pull another Spider-Man trick like they did with Sony? The rumor mill is churning and we are hearing quite a bit of interesting stuff.
In a TCA Interview panel via Deadline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige opened up about the current updates on Daredevil and the rest of Netflix’s Marvel Characters joining the MCU. Although he did not confirm the characters might be returning home, he may have hinted that Marvel is still hopeful the talks with Netflix will bear some form of fruit. Kevin Feige just stopped short of confirming that Marvel and Netflix were officially negotiating for the terms of the Defenders’ return.
He said and we quote:
“I think we probably could do it, I think a lot of that stuff comes back to us,” said Kevin Feige. “There’s always rumors 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.”
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There is massive speculation already. Rumor is that Charlie Cox, who payed Daredevil in the titular Netflix series of the same name, is going to appear in the third Spider-Man movie. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, he will be playing the role of a defense attorney in the movie. Kryten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones in the Netflix series of the same name, is supposedly going to appear in Captain Marvel 2.
The fate of Luke Cage and iron Fist is as of yet undecided. A lot more variables are still up in the air. Nobody knows how things might end up as in the near future. But it sure feels nice to know there is a tiny ray of hope for Daredevil fans to see their favorite Matt Murdock back in action. If the other Netflix Marvel heroes manage to show up in the future phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be the proverbial cherry on top.
The model Marvel is going along with in their Disney+ shows is definitely different than the TV Model that Netflix is known for. There are a total of nine episodes, with the actual run-time for each episode clocking in and summing up as a feature length movie. Falcon And The Winter Soldier will have six ‘installments’ instead of episodes.
If the Defenders end up coming under the Disney+ banner, it will be interesting how the changes happen for the heroes to be accommodated under the MCU banner.
It may not be a bad thing though. Sometimes series like Luke Cage Season 2 and Iron Fist felt like they were too long for their own good. The Disney+ model definitely builds a lot of hype. Maybe that is what the Defenders need right now – All the hype they can get their hands on.