After years of uncertainty and the #SaveDaredevil campaign, there’s now a buzz on social media that Daredevil will be the first of Netflix’s Defenders to officially join the MCU.
Fans of Netflix’s Daredevil were crushed when it was cancelled back in 2018, along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Disney took all of the Marvel rights back for streaming on Disney+ and the official statement from Netflix in 2018 gave the first clue that the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen would appear in future Marvel projects:
While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service (Netflix) for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”
Fan support for saving Daredevil has remained strong this last year and when Deadline Hollywood reported last month that Spider-Man 3 would begin filming this summer (with a July 2021 release date) many fans began speculating that Matt Murdock would appear as Peter Parker’s lawyer. This would make sense after Mysterio outed him at the end of Far From Home. He’ll certainly need legal representation.
Nothing has been announced yet and no one has committed to playing Matt Murdock, yet fans of the Netflix show are hoping that if Disney brings Daredevil to the big screen they would ask Charlie Cox to reprise the role.
Don’t forget the Spider-Man agreement between Disney/Marvel and Sony is precarious. Tom Holland’s third film almost didn’t happen until the two companies made a last minute agreement for Spider-Man to continue appearing in the MCU. Part of that decision had to do with Avengers: Endgame setting a record as the highest grossing film of all time ($2.79 billion worldwide) and also the fan reaction on social media to no more Spider-Man in the MCU.
Those pushing #SaveDaredevil won’t stop until Disney uses the character in an upcoming MCU film or in a Disney+ series. If the outrage over Spider-Man was any indication, fans do have a pull and they’re ultimately the ones who buy tickets and subscribe to services.