This week, eagle-eyed Netflix viewers noticed a message signaling the end of an era; The Defenders series of shows will leave the platform on March 1. Deadline broke the news on February 11, but no one is quite sure what this means for the future of the six shows.
In April 2015, Netflix launched Daredevil, starring Charlie Cox as the first “street-level” hero to make it to the live-action small screen. Over the next few years, more shows popped up: Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage starring Mike Colter, Iron Fist starring Finn Jones, The Punisher starring Jon Bernthal and a team-up miniseries called The Defenders. Now, Netflix’s license with Marvel has expired, meaning the rights to all the characters and shows revert to Disney.
It’s unclear where these properties will end up and what this means for the future of their characters. These series are more mature than current Marvel shows, but Disney might not want to separate them from their Marvel banner by moving them to Hulu.
Still, there’s hope they’ll find a new home and maybe even new life. Vincent D’Onofrio, who played the villain Kingpin on Daredevil, reprised his role on the Disney Plus series Hawkeye, officially bringing him into the MCU. Just days later, Charlie Cox returned as Daredevil’s alter-ego — the lawyer Matt Murdock — for a cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Cox after his MCU debut, and he talked about the cameo as a second chance for the beloved show. “It’s a big moment, not just for me, but for the character. I felt a real sense of responsibility,” he said. Cox went on to add:
If that scene works, if it’s cool, if it seems in place, then the sky’s the limit where this could go. And it would be great for me, naturally, but it would be great for Matt. I feel attached to him, even though that sounds a bit strange.
Hopefully, Daredevil and Kingpin joining the MCU will mean big things for the rest of the Defenders. Until then, we’ll keep an eye out for any news of where they might go next!
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