Marvel Studios have regained the live-action rights to Jessica Jones and The Punisher after its multi-year tenure ended with Netflix, ComicBook reports. This also includes all other Marvel characters Netflix had live-action rights over including the popular Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
When Disney launched its own streaming service in 2019, Netflix had to cancel all of its Marvel titles including The Punisher and Daredevil in a moved which shocked many fans considering how successful the titles were. With the multi-year dear having closed now officially, all Marvel characters previously licensed to Netflix are now back to Disney.
It remains to be seen what Marvel will do with these characters. The Punisher, a spinoff of Daredevil starring Jon Bernthal as a revenge-seeking vigilante quickly gained fans admiration with its all-action display. Jessica Jones, which starred Krysten Ritter in Hell’s Kitchen uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor. Marvel’s own original title The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to debut on Disney Plus on March 19.
In a recent interview with Geek House Show, Bernthal was optimistic about the chances of having a third season of The Punisher. “It’s unbelievably humbling how much people sort of responded to this version of Frank, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me because he means so much to me, Bernthal said.” “He’s in my blood, he’s in my bones… So it’s not about whether we do it, it’s about getting it right, and doing the version that the fans really deserve. We’ll see. I mean, all of those decisions are made in rooms I am not invited into… But Frank’s always there, he’s always a part of me. And when we get the call to go, I’ll be ready, and I’ll make sure that I do everything I can to make sure that we do it right, or we won’t do it at all.”
With the rights to these titles now back to Marvel Studios, it will be interesting to see what comes out next.