Apparently, Fox was unable to get its ducks in a row in the time allotted to begin production on their announced, Joe Carnahan-directed Daredevil reboot. Thus, the film rights to The Man Without Fear have returned home to Marvel, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Fox was given until October 10th of last year to begin production. It was assumed that if they failed, the rights to the franchise would revert to Marvel, but this had not been confirmed by Marvel Studios until Feige was asked directly by Newsarama on Monday at the Iron Man 3 press junket if the studio indeed now possessed the rights.
“To Daredevil? Yes.”
While Marvel Studios has yet to announce any plans to integrate a Daredevil film into any of their vaunted “Phases”, it seems likely that since it’s now confirmed that the blind vigilante is once again a member of the cinematic Marvel family, fans will be expecting him. The smart money says sooner or later he’ll show up.
Whether this means we can expect an actually watchable Elektra movie someday, only time will tell.