Netflix canceled the entire superhero cinematic collective, leaving fans of these beloved shows on a cliffhanger as not one of the storylines concluded with an official series finale.
Although Netflix produced the shows, the intellectual property belonged to Marvel. So, when Marvel’s parent company, Dinsey, decided to launch its own streaming service (Disney+), executive producers for the international brand wanted the legal option of rebooting the shows on their own platform. Therefore they reclaimed the licensing. However, due to the stipulations of Netflix’s previous contractual agreement with Marvel, Disney+ would not be permitted to relaunch (or implement) Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, or any of the characters made popular by the aforementioned actors/actresses for two years. In fact, Disney reportedly received a stern warning from Netflix’s attorneys imploring them to abide by the time-restricted guidelines.
The split between Marvel and Netflix may have cast a bleak cloud over fans’ hopes of having their favorite shows revived on a rival streaming service, but after four years of waiting in the dark, Disney finally announced that a Daredevil reboot was in the works and that Charlie Cox and Vincent Philip D’Onofrio would be reprising their roles as the Daredevil and one of his greatest rivals, Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin). Daredevil: Reborn will be published on Disney+ sometime during 2024 as a part of Marvel’s “Phase 5.” Given that Philip D’Onofrio previously appeared as Wilson Fisk in another Disney+ series called Hawekye (2021), this news wasn’t all that unexpected. However, the recent announcement that Jon Bernthal will be returning to his role as The Punisher in the upcoming Daredevil reboot was a pleasant surprise because the 46-year-old actor stated in the past that he would only reprise his role with Disney+ if they did the character justice.