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Infographic: When Does Marvel Get the Rights to Daredevil From Netflix?

Marvel's The Defenders (2017) - Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Danny Rand / Iron Fist (Finn Jones) Matthew Murdock / Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) 

Find out when the rights to Netflix characters can show up in the MCU. After decades of licensing, deals are being ended and more characters are being incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But two big hold outs remain. The biggest are the characters in the Netflix television shows who are now out of the MCU.

So when can Matt Murdock fight alongside the Avengers? When can Luke Cage bust heads with Black Panther? How can Jessica Jones scrap with Captain Marvel?

Find out in this infographic.

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Back in 2013, Netflix and Marvel announced a licensing deal with Marvel to use some of their characters on four live-action scripted series and a mini-series. It opened up a whole new world for the MCU. It felt like a big contrast to a world with billionaires and super-soldiers. A gritty and more realistic take on the superheroes we had come to know and love. One hero, Daredevil (Charlie Cox), who starred in a blockbuster bomb took the world by storm. A foul-mouthed woman named Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) suffering from PTSD became the new face of the female superhero. A blaxploitation superhero named Luke Cage (Mike Colter) set to a hip-hop soundtrack changed the game. Then it all came crashing down.

While the shows touched on topics from the movies they never showed any movie actors or incorporated current plotlines from the movies. Meanwhile, none of the actors from the shows cameoed in the movies. But

On November 29, 2018, Netflix announced it had canceled Daredevil. The world watched as the remaining shows were canceled in quick succession. While hope was kept alive those hopes were quickly dashed when it was revealed that a clause in the contract with Netflix prohibited Marvel Studios from using any of the comic book characters on the show until two years after cancellation.

It's worth mentioning that Netflix recently sent a letter to Marvel warning that Marvel Studios isn't allowed to develop, or start working, on using the characters until two years after the contract expires. So, for example, Marvel can't start developing a Daredevil show until after November 29, 2020. Considering the length of time it takes to develop a movie or Disney+ show don't expect to see Matt Murdock in the MCU until 2021 or later.

Plus, the actors starring in the shows are working actors. They can't wait till Marvel calls to work. Charlie Cox still hopes to return to Hell's Kitchen but recently acted in a stage play named Betrayal and an upcoming movie named Stripped. Mike Colter has four movies coming this year and is still going strong. So they may not be available when Marvel comes calling for them to reprise their roles.

While the "Marvel rights" bubble gets bigger and bigger and more characters are brought into the world it will be years before Netflix characters come on board. Plus, they may look very different if the actors don't come back. But the future of Marvel is getting brighter every day and more new characters are introduced every year. Excelsior!

What do you think about Netflix deal with Marvel? Which was your favorite show? Who do you want to see most in the MCU? Let us know in the comments below!
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