In six short months, the rights to Matt Murdock/Daredevil will officially be under the full control of Marvel Studios. What could this mean? Well, it could mean a lot of things — but the implication is that, sooner rather than later, the blind attorney and ninja vigilante will make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Didn’t Daredevil, the series that ran for three seasons on Netflix, take place in the MCU? Well, yes and no. Like most of Marvel Television’s properties — which included Netflix shows like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and several others scattered across multiple platforms — the action in Daredevil was technically supposed to be going down in the same universe in which Iron Man, Captain America, and the rest repelled an alien invasion of New York City in 2012. The logistical difficulties of making sure all of these disparate properties were snugly connected, though, proved to be difficult to overcome.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed to maintain its tenuous narrative connection to the films of the MCU for its first three seasons before largely giving up, and when it came to the Netflix shows, any references to the larger universe pretty much came via throwaway lines of dialogue, amounting to little more than lip service. This was in large part due to the fact that Marvel Studios (which produces the movies) and Marvel Television were two separate entities. Now, though, with the TV arm all but totally phased out and the film branch now handling small-screen projects like the MCU-set Disney+ series, future television endeavors are expected to be much more intimately connected with the films.
Under Marvel’s agreement with Netflix, none of the main characters of the streamer’s Marvel series — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — could be used in any live-action projects for two full years after the cancellation of their respective series. With only six months to go until Marvel is free to bring the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen back into the MCU fold in whatever way it sees fit, fans are beginning to wonder exactly what that will look like. Will Daredevil simply be picked up for a fourth season, perhaps for Disney+ or Hulu? Or will he instead get a rebooted series, or even a feature film?