Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has confirmed what many believed to already be true about the film rights to Daredevil. In an interview with Newsarama, the studio head was asked directly whether the rights to the Man Without Fear were back at Marvel Studios, to which he responded, “To Daredevil? Yes.”
Last year in August, reports began to circulate that time was running out for Fox to keep the film rights for the character with an October 10 deadline to begin production. Reportedly, Marvel had already granted two extensions to Fox, which held the rights since the late ’90s. It was assumed when the deadline passed that the rights would revert back to Marvel, but Feige’s comment to Newsarama is the first official confirmation of what many believed to already be true.
Daredevil is the third property to return to Marvel, following Blade and The Punisher. However, Fox still has the license for X-Men and Fantastic Four, and as long as the films for those properties are in active development within the contractually defined time frame, the studio is able to indefinitely retain the rights. Those properties, along with Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and others, were licensed out before the formation of Marvel Studios in 2006.
While there isn’t currently a “Daredevil” film in development, the character’s return to Marvel Studios does open the door for his possible inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is sure to excite fans of the character.