Avengers: Daredevil fans call on Marvel to save character as ‘cinematic rights expire’
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Avengers Endgame brought the house down in 2019. After ten years of build up, the series culminated in one epic film, showing off the world’s mightiest heroes taking on the titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) for the Infinity Stones. The film itself made over $1 billion at the box office, and brought the ongoing narrative to an explosive end. After the conclusion of Endgame, the franchise’s biggest characters were sidelined, removing Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) from the story, and leaving room for new characters to arrive.
Since then, rumours have swirled online suggesting the contracts on famed Marvel superheroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage will end this month.
Netflix owned the cinematic rights to these characters until they cancelled all of their Marvel shows in 2018.
These shows were well-loved, and received great reviews – but the most popular series was the Daredevil franchise.
Starring Charlie Cox, fans enjoyed seeing the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen take on Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) in a thrilling and brutal political superhero adventure.
After the series’ third season, Netflix announced they had cancelled the show.
In an official statement following the cancellation, Netflix praised the show before adding: “The Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”
Marvel echoed this statement, with their own praise for the blockbuster show, and added: “We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future.”
With the character sure to come back in an upcoming film franchise, fans have now begun calling on Marvel to reclaim the rights to Matt Murdock, and begin production on a new film for the hero.
At the Avengers Endgame premiere a Disney exec reportedly explained that Marvel couldn’t start working on a new project with the Defenders until “two years” had passed from the cancellation – meaning November 29, 2020.
Fans have flocked to social media using the hashtag #SaveDaredevil in an attempt to shine a light on how popular the show was.
The Save Daredevil website also claimed the rights to the hero are opening up from November 29, 2020, and have therefore urged likeminded fans to join in with the campaign.
If Daredevil were saved by Marvel, it is uncertain if he would return in a film or TV space.
Murdock’s inclusion in the film franchise would certainly fit, as it has lost quite a few heroes over the course of the last few movies.
What’s more, Daredevil and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) famously work together quite a lot in the comic books, fans may see some interaction between the web head and the Man Without Fear.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly at the time, Daredevil actor Charlie Cox confessed he was a little shocked by the show’s cancellation.
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Cox said: “A lot of us really expected to keep going and I certainly did.
“The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation] I’m very saddened by that.
“It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again.”
Cox added: “That’s a bizarre feeling because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”
The next year’s Marvel film slate has not been set in stone just yet, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic pushed many of the films’ release dates back.
At the moment, the next Marvel film to be released is Black Widow on May 7, 2021, which was originally due to be released on May 1, 2020.
Following that, a new hero will arrive in Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, which is due out July 9, 2021.
The Avengers films are available to watch on Disney Plus now.
Daredevil season 1-3 are available on Netflix now.
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