Shortly after Disney's Bob Iger announced the company's intention to launch its own streaming service, Netflix had canceled Daredevil. When Daredevil had been canceled, Marvel had said that fans should “...look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future.” However, if those adventures involve Spider-Man 3, Charlie Cox himself has already denied such rumors, saying that it would be with another actor wearing the mask if they were true.
Alongside other characters like Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Matthew Murdock has returned to Marvel Studios, as today marks the second anniversary of the show's cancelation.
Netflix's Daredevil was canceled two years ago on November 29, 2018, which means, according to the contract with Netflix, the rights of the character have now officially reverted to Marvel Studios. As such, Marvel Studios can now legal begin introducing Daredevil and other relating Marvel characters into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Just to rip the band-aid off now, no, this does not mean that Charlie Cox's Daredevil will be making a surprise appearance in Spider-Man 3, She-Hulk, or any other rumored series.
Despite the massive support for #SaveDaredevil on Twitter, Matthew Murdock appearing in Spider-Man 3 is next to impossible since the production started weeks ago, and Marvel Studios did not yet have the legal right to use the character. So, it's not like the blind attorney will end up as Peter Parker's defense in a court of law. Additionally, Charlie Cox has recently begun filming his new crime drama Kin in Dublin, Ireland, which would make it extremely difficult for him to fly to Atlanta, Georgia, to film with Tom Holland due to COVID-19 restrictions.
It's better for fans not to get the wrong idea about the character rights of Daredevil returning to Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios after the highly acclaimed series was canceled on Netflix two years ago. Currently, Marvel Studios now have Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil back in their possession, leaving only Frank Castle and Jessica Jones as the remaining Defenders heroes. The studio will get both of them back on February 18, 2021, as both their series were canceled the same day.