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Fans Want to ‘Save Daredevil’ as Character Rights Revert Back to Marvel Studios

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This past weekend, on November 29, the rights to Daredevil officially transferred from Netflix back to Marvel, once again igniting the #SaveDaredevil campaign that fans have launched intermittently since the series was canceled back in 2018.When Daredevil was axed back in November of 2018, the Netflix deal was set up so that the streamer would retain the rights until two years after the cancellation. Now the character rights are back with Marvel Studios and Daredevil is free and clear to join, or re-join really, the MCU.

#SaveDaredevil was trading this weekend, once again, because of the fan fervor. And not just to have the character back in Marvel’s hands, but fans specifically wanting Charlie Cox to continue playing Matt Murdock, along with the other actors from the series reprising their roles.Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio, who played Wilson Fisk, and MCU/Agents of SHIELD star Clark Gregg also joined in the online Save Daredevil campaign.

D’Onofrio also recently, as of last week, asked fans to sign a petition that would save the series, in its full Netflix-y cast and tone form, and basically just have it transfer over to a Disney-owned platform. D’Onofrio also seems aware that the third MCU Spider-Man film contains Kingpin opportunities…

There are many things to consider when it comes to “saving” a series. While it would be great to just have Daredevil revived as a show and continue on from where there story left off, it would be weird for Disney to, essentially, only have half the series right now. The first three seasons live on Netflix so those wanting to watch for the first time, or rewatch from the beginning, would have to go to a large streaming competitor to do so.

Of course, Marvel may get the first three seasons of the show back eventually, as other shows Netflix has saved — like The Killing and The Fall — eventually do leave the platform. Best guess, if this happens, Daredevil could live on Hulu (given its edgier tone). But then again, we’ve seen so many of Marvel’s Hulu shows die on the vine over the past few years – from Runaways to the poorly-received Hellstrom to the Ghost Rider series that never happened (oh, and the nixed New Warriors show).

Most likely, the best avenue, if there is one, is for the actors to reprise their roles, in a supporting capacity, in an MCU movie or in one of the many upcoming MCU Disney+ shows.

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