Here is Charlie’s one scene in SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME that guaranteed Matt Murdock and Daredevil would be continuing within the Marvel Universe. I love this scene and thought I’d use the brick-catch as the featured image. Welcome back Matt Murdock and welcome back Charlie Cox. I wasn’t able to go and see this in the theatre due to my unvaccinated status during the COVID virus, but I heard when the cane came on screen there were tons of screams.
According to many sources, all the Marvel shows with THE DEFENDERS characters of Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), and Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) are all set to leave Netflix this month. Not exactly sure what this means, but here’s hoping it means we just might be getting extensions of all these shows with all these characters and hopefully the actors. More below.
Netflix Warning Says It’s Removing ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Punisher,’ And All Its Marvel Defenders Shows
Well this is pretty big. Netflix has now started to show a brief message to some viewers who are booting up the Defenders suite of Marvel shows for the first time, saying that they will be removed from the service on March 1. I just tested it out myself, playing Iron Fist episode one, and the March 1 message does indeed appear in the corner, albeit for quite literally, under a second.
The shows on this list would include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and the Defenders crossover series. They are a relic of another age before Disney was doing its own Marvel shows on Disney Plus, and they were a partner, not a rival to Netflix.
But now, fans already have realized that the deal between Netflix and Marvel has expired for these characters, hence Matt Murdock appearing in the new Spider-Man and Kingpin showing up in Hawkeye on Disney Plus. And it stands to reason if these shows are coming down off Netflix in March, they are likely headed to either Disney Plus itself, or possibly the Disney-owned Hulu, which could be seen as a better fit for the more violent series like Daredevil and Punisher, which have “adult content” beyond what Disney’s MCU shows have done so far.
I suppose I realized that this was probably going to happen eventually, but those shows are so intimately linked with Netflix, it’s weird to see them leave. That was during a strange era where Marvel TV and Marvel movies were very disconnected, as though all those series were technically in the MCU, there were never really any true crossovers with the movies.
dy seen this happened with two different Daredevil characters, including its star, and more are supposed to return for the upcoming Echo series. There’s even talk of restarting Daredevil altogether. And if that’s happening, you might be able to imagine other characters like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage could reappear somewhere as well in the universe.
Jon Bernthal, The Punisher, said he was only interested in returning to the role if the show would remain as “true” to the character as it has been, ie. being extremely violent, which again, feels like a Hulu thing, rather than being able to exist on Disney Plus. Jessica Henwick recently said in an interview that she turned down a role in Shang-Chi because she was holding out hope that her Colleen Wing Iron Fist character could return to the MCU someday, and that wouldn’t happen if she was cast as a different part (I’d certainly watch a new season of Iron Fist starring her, though not Danny Rand).
So, we’ll see if Netflix or Disney has something to say officially about this. But the notice is real, I’ve seen it myself, and this removal appears to be imminent. I’d prioritize getting through Daredevil seasons 1-3, Jessica Jones season 1 and Punisher season 1 before they leave, if you haven’t seen them yet.
Update: Netflix also has Agents of SHIELD, but I did not see the March 1 message there, while I have now confirmed it shows up on the other six Netflix-MCU shows. SHIELD was originally on ABC, and may be part of a separate agreement
Here ahead of time are the screencaps of Charlie’s second episode of KIN where he plays the part of Michael Kinsella. This series is amazing. The tone and the way it’s shot is so oblique. Funny thing here is Charlie’s mom in this series is played by the ever incredible Maria Doyle Kennedy who plays the part of Jocasta Cameron Innes in the STARZ time traveling show Outlander. Jocasta is blind. Seeing both Charlie and Maria sitting in that car at the beginning was too funny in that as Matt Murdock in DAREDEVIL, Charlie is supposed to be….blind! What are the odds?
A Youtube channel called Implicitly Pretentious has put together a pretty impressive retrospective on DAREDEVIL encompassing all three seasons as well as THE DEFENDERS proving why we should never forget this show and most of all Charlie Cox. It includes commentary and lots of clips from all of Charlie’s appearances as Matt Murdock and his alter ego DAREDEVIL. Please click on the video and go over there and tell the uploader what you think. An impressive amount of work went into it.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has given some response to whether Charlie and the members of THE DEFENDERS will officially appear in the MCU. That includes Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), and Jon Bernthal (Frank Castle/The Punisher). Read below.
Marvel CCO Says Netflix’s Defenders Characters Are On the Board For Potential MCU Return
Marvel Studios is about to make their biggest splash into the entertainment industry since the end of the Infinity Saga, starting off with Disney+’s WandaVision at the end of the week. This will begin a year in which nearly every single week will come with new MCU content between the movies and Disney+ shows, and this trend will likely continue in 2022 and beyond.
Now that Phase 4 is about to bring dozens of new characters into play for the MCU, including the teams acquired in the Fox/Disney merger from 2019, the on-screen saga is set to expand into a true representation of the comic books with interactions and action never imagined before. Currently, however, this doesn’t include the characters from Marvel’s Netflix series like Daredevil, Iron Fist, and The Defenders ensemble show, which have mostly been seen as a “black sheep” of sorts within the franchise.
However, all hope may not be lost for the Defenders team, according to recent quotes from Marvel’s head man.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel CCO Kevin Feige took some time during the WandaVision press junket to address the future of the characters from Marvel TV’s Netflix series. Feige’s quotes indicate that characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones may still have a future within the larger MCU.
When asked if such Netflix characters are still in play, Feige stated:
“Everything is on the board. That’s one of the fun things about the comics is that characters would appear and disappear and come and go. All of it is inspiration for the future. There are some great characters and actors from those shows.”
The Marvel Netflix shows have always had a strange relationship with the larger MCU, with plot points that both connect them and separate them from what happens in the movies. However, it should be an encouraging sign that Feige isn’t putting them on the shelves to gather dust after their run on Netflix ended.
With 161 episodes centered around Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cake, Iron Fist and the Punisher, it seems like it would be a huge mistake to move on from their stories within the MCU after so much build-up. The main question to ponder, should such characters see their arcs continue, is if they will move directly from the Netflix shows into the movies or if they will be reintroduced as new versions of the heroes from the comics. Whenever this resolves itself, the biggest hope is that Marvel keeps this way of thinking and brings the Defenders into the fray in a meaningful fashion.
Currently, the closest indicator of their return is the rumor that Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Daredevil in the upcoming Spider-Man 3.
SOURCE: THE DIRECT