With growing rumors that Marvel is putting Doctor Strange, Black Panther and Ant-Man into development, does studio head Kevin Feige confirmation of the return of the blind vigilante just in the nick of time?
Marvel Studios has appeared to have regained and secured the rights to one of their most popular characters, Daredevil. After 20th Century Fox stumbled hardcore with the failed 2003 Daredevil film starring then-maligned actor Ben Affleck, the studio couldn't meet the deadlines and the "movie rights" reverted back to Disney/Marvel Studios.
Fox had planned to make another film in order to retain those rights to Marvel's blind superhero, but after a failed attempt with David Slade (who left to helm NBC's Hannibal), the studio's clock ran out. Director Joe Carnahan got involved and pitched a hard-boiled, '70s take on the protagonist litigator, but that fell through as well. 20th Century Fox, running low on minutes, requested an extension in hopes of being able to trade Silver Surfer and Galactus for more time, but Marvel wisely refused to extend the cutoff date and have now regained one of their premiere superheroes.
Feige confirmed the news Tuesday and now Disney's influence grows more and more.
Unfortunately, fans who are hoping for a more urban take on Daredevil, you should conclude that the dark, gritty version of Hell's Kitchen is less likely under the current regime of the House of Mouse.
Anticipation is already high for the slate of Phase Three films that may possibly include Daredevil, but that would be 2016 at the earliest.
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