‘Save Daredevil’ Trends On Social Media As Rights Return To Marvel Studios
When the Netflix and Marvel experiment came to a close, it was very sudden. As each successive series ended its run, the fans of Daredevil were not ready to let him go. Inspired by the “Snyder Cut” faithful, a passionate bunch of True Believers registered a website and started a hashtag to “Save Daredevil” even while the rights to the show were in limbo. As part of the original Netflix deal with Marvel Studios, once the series was canceled Marvel would get the rights to the character back after two years. Well, that was November 29, 2020, so the rights to Daredevil characters return to Marvel Studios. So, while we’ll definitely see the character again, these fans want their Daredevil back.
The Save Daredevil campaign wants three specific things from Marvel Studios now that they control the rights again. They want everyone back in their roles, both in front of and behind the camera. Fans also want the show to maintain its tone, which is dark, violent, and bloody. They don’t want a Disney+ version of Daredevil, out there quipping with Ant-Man. (However, this assumes much about the Disney+ MCU series that we don’t yet know.) They also want to keep people talking about the flagship MCU Netflix series that, along with Luke Cage, excelled at delivering Marvel superhero stories for adults.
Members of the cast, like Vincent D’Onofrio, Peter Shinkoda, and Deborah Ann Woll are all vocally supporting the campaign. Other MCU stars, like Agents of SHIELD’s Clark Gregg, have also shown support. More than 400,000 people signed an online petition* in support of the movement, which the organizers hope will show Marvel Studios that people want to see this series continue.
Even with the Rights It’s Unlikely Marvel Studios Can Bring the Show Back
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First, we don’t exactly know the details of the agreement between Netflix and what was Marvel Television. The rights to the Daredevil characters return to Marvel Studios, of course. However, there may be legal roadblocks to bringing these specific versions of the characters back in a series. This is similar to what happened with the Hulk. Universal Studios still has distribution rights for a Hulk-centric feature film. Yet, the character himself is free to show up in other Marvel Studios projects.
Second, it’s unclear if there is a place for Daredevil, but if there is it’s not the new Disney streaming service. They’ve already shunted projects deemed too mature for Disney+ to Hulu, where mature fare is more acceptable. And Hulu likes Marvel fare. They had a plan for a number of series, but it ultimately amounted to Helstrom and the forthcoming MODOK adult cartoon. Of course, Hulu has only a US footprint and not the international reach of Netflix. (Though Disney’s “Star” service could fill that Hulu-shaped void for the company internationally.)
Finally, there is the question of the real-world corporate side of things. Much of the cast, crew, and producers are committed to other projects now. While they’d love to make it work, things like budget, availability, and general corporate willingness come into play. The Netflix side of the Marvel Universe spanned 13 seasons of various series. That is an impressive run, and as Marvel embraces the multiverse, they might just stand on their own. Of course, in a shared multiverse, never say never. The Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover and the forthcoming Flash film show that your favorite heroes can always come back.
You can check out the Save Daredevil campaign at their website.
So, what do you think? With the return of the rights to Daredevil, should Marvel Studios reboot the series or pick up where the old one left off? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Featured image via Netflix
*Full disclosure: I signed it, because while a longshot, I’d enjoy one more season of Daredevil.
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