September 28, 2020

Report: The Netflix-Marvel Characters Can’t Appear on Disney+ For a Long Time

When Netflix cancelled Daredevil recently, the social media channels for the show responded the same way as with Iron Fist and Luke Cage by saying the characters would live on. But now a new report says they may not be able to appear in a new way on Disney+ for some time.

According to Variety, the deal that Marvel signed with Netflix locks those characters on Netflix for two years after the series has been cancelled:

“Sources tell Variety that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation. That means that “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — which were all canceled this year at Netflix — could not come to the Disney streaming service until 2020 at the earliest.”

They go on to point out that since The Punisher and Jessica Jones have yet to debut, and cancel, their final seasons; they’ll be locked onto Netflix even farther past 2020.

That means that we won’t be seeing new versions of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, or Jessica Jones for several years thanks to the deal Marvel struck with Netflix when originally planning these series. And if it’s going to be several years before Marvel can use the characters again, it’s very possible they’ll be recast when it happens.