In an exciting new announcement, it looks like Marvel Studios has regained ownership of the rights to both Netflix’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones. As audiences might remember, the shows were cancelled all too soon in 2019 just before Disney Plus was prepping for its launch. This followed the cancellation of Daredevil, Iron First, and Luke Cage in late 2018. Apparently each series has been scheduled to have its rights revert back to Marvel Studios upon two years after cancellation. Now that the time has come for Jessica Jones and The Punisher, it means all of Netflix’s Marvel shows are now back with Marvel Studios.
Of course, it’s unclear what Marvel Studios’ plans could be for these different properties – or if they even have any plans at all. The most we have heard is that Charlie Cox is reportedly reprising his role as Daredevil for Spider-Man 3. Unfortunately, even that has yet to be confirmed. So for the time being, Marvel Studios is apparently just sitting on these various shows. But now that all five are back under their umbrella – perhaps we’ll be hearing some official plans soon.
It does seem likely that at some point we’ll have some kind of news regarding these properties. They’re not only fan favorites, but Disney’s streaming service is the perfect place to revitalize most if not all of them. After all, with shows like WandaVision becoming a major success for Disney Plus, it makes sense that they’d use the same formula with the likes of Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Of course, only time will tell for sure.
At the time being, however, it does seem likely that the upcoming multiverse subplots could help with things. After all, Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are both going to set the stage for expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe in all-new ways. It could be the perfect route to either bringing these old characters back, introducing new versions of them, or completely rebranding the properties.
Regardless, Netflix is apparently no longer involved with the MCU puzzle – so that should help make any future inclusions that much easier. Fans can stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any updates on these particular Marvel properties as we have them.