Fans had the rug pulled from under them two years ago when Netflix had suddenly begun canceling all their Marvel shows, including Daredevil. In retrospect, it was quite obvious that this string of cancellations was due in no small part to Disney's new streaming service, which may already overtake Netflix in a few short years.
According to Variety, Netflix would retain the rights for these characters for at least two more years after their shows' cancellation. At that point, it was only a matter of waiting, but one concern that fans had was whether the studio would continue with what Netflix had started or start fresh with new actors.
If one rumor is to be believed, at the very least, it seems like Charlie Cox will be returning as Matthew Murdock in Spider-Man 3. Other actors like Mike Colter may be too busy to return, already having job security with other own ongoing shows.
But, as of today, every single one of Marvel's Netflix characters has finally returned to Marvel Studios.
THE DEFENDERS TOGETHER AT LAST
Jessica Jones and The Punisher were both canceled on February 18, 2019, meaning that the on-screen rights for the title characters have returned to Marvel Studios.
Kevin Feige explained that the MCU uses so many indie filmmakers because they offer “unique points of view” that can “take you to places you’ve never gone before.”
Kevin Feige explained that he and Marvel Studios only want to continue building the legendary cinematic universe as long as they “can keep evolving it and changing it and growing it” to do “things [they] hadn’t done before.”
'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' creator Malcolm Spellman admitted that he was "surprised about how few of the upcoming Marvel movies" have been revealed to the public, confirming that "fans will start to become more and more clear" as more titles will be announced.
NEXT STOP: HULU?
Despite some misconceptions, Netflix does not actually own the exclusive distribution rights to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher like Universal does with The Incredible Hulk. This is one reason why the latter is not on Disney's streaming service.
Netflix merely had timed ownership of these shows, which is now up.
In a statement from Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger in 2013, he stated that Netflix would “have exclusively [on] for a period of time.” It's entirely possible that in the coming months, now that all the character rights have returned to the studio, fans may see all these shows taken off Netflix and moved onto Hulu or Star internationally.
As for where these two characters could end up now that Marvel Studios has ownership of them again, “Everything is on the board,” according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Jessica Jones has already been rumored to appear in She-Hulk, which would make sense with Jones being a private detective. As for Frank Castle, he'd fit right into the darker world of Moon Knight, having crossed paths with the character in the comics many times.
A whole new world has opened up for Marvel Studios, who can now explore the streets of the MCU and the heroes that patrol them without the enormous global stakes that come from other characters.