A handful of Marvel TV series originally released as Netflix titles were recently taken off the streaming service and relocated to Disney+. The six shows, which include Daredevil, The Punisher, and Jessica Jones, got their own category under the Marvel section of the platform, titled "The Defenders Saga," but are not being treated as canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of the six titles, Daredevil is generally the most popular. Charlie Cox, who portrays the titular character, recently made his MCU debut in Spider-Man: No Way Home. It is unclear what the future will hold for Cox and the character of Matt Murdock, but the actor has made comments on returning to the superhero genre and has even teased some ideas that he would like to see for whatever comes next.
However, an MCU Daredevil project has been in high demand ever since Marvel Studios acquired the rights to the character. Now that Cox has officially appeared in an MCU film, hopes for a reboot have only continued to climb. Recent reports from insiders have suggested that a project may be coming sooner rather than later, with the original cast from the Netflix series returning.
More recently, another important figure from Daredevil's early days has commented on their hopes for the series to be picked back up.
Daredevil Executive Producer Hopes for MCU Series
Steven DeKnight, a showrunner, director, and executive producer for Season 1 of Daredevil, was recently asked via Twitter if he had any information on a potential Season 4 of the show.
DeKnight, who directed the Season 1 finale of the series, responded by saying that he is kept "out of the loop," but that he would like to see everyone from the original series come back:
Thanks! And beats me! I'm waaaay out of the loop. But I hope they put the band back together!
Daredevil's Future on Disney+
If the reports are true and a Daredevil project is currently in its early stages at Marvel Studios, it could work as either a theatrical release or an episodic series on Disney+. However, if the studio wants to follow suit, they will obviously have to go in the direction of the latter, which is what will most likely happen.
It seems like the bigger projects, such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, etc., are the ones that get the theater treatment. These are blockbuster-level projects that can make a lot of money, and for them to be pulled off, they also need a massive budget.
When it comes to smaller projects, such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Hawkeye, which can get away with street-level action and don't feature huge team-ups, Disney+ is the more suitable place. Fans have different opinions on whether they like movies or shows better, but a project like Daredevil is able to shine on the small screen and be fleshed out more in a six-hour series as opposed to a two-hour movie.
However, since Charlie Cox has previously portrayed Matt Murdock for three seasons of a TV show, many viewers could make the case that he is already fleshed out enough to be thrust into the Avengers-level movies that Marvel Studios consistently put out. This is where the questions start to really gain traction about whether the Netflix series is canon to the MCU or not.
Whatever happens with the continuity will likely be further addressed by Marvel Studios sometime in the near future, and if a Daredevil project is starting up soon, there will most definitely be a plan in place.