Summary

  • Charlie Cox’s return as Daredevil in Daredevil: Born Again has sparked hopes for the return of the other Defenders characters in the MCU.
  • Fan art imagines MCU Special Presentations for characters like Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, suggesting the possibility of their return.
  • While it is uncertain if the other Defenders will return in Phase 5, they may have larger roles to play in Phase 6 and could potentially interact with other MCU characters like Daredevil.


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The Netflix heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe headline their own Disney+ shows through new fan-art. Charlie Cox is set to headline Daredevil: Born Again, making his version of Matt Murdock the first MCU character to ever get his second TV show, as the hero first starred in Netflix’s Daredevil as part of the original Marvel TV division. Currently, Daredevil: Born Again is being redeveloped, as Marvel Studios decided to put the series into a creative overhaul after mixed reception from executives.

Cox’s big return to the MCU timeline has increased hopes that the rest of The Defenders could return to screens after the other characters got their shows canceled on Netflix. Even though there aren’t any solo projects in the works for Netflix’s other Marvel characters, BenSolo_Cup recently shared new artwork imagining what it would look like if the characters got their own MCU Special Presentations, similar to Werewolf by Night.

For Jon Bernthal, BenSolo_Cup designed a poster for The Punisher: Circle of Blood, which is the same title as the comic book run by Steven Grant. Even though he doesn’t have his own show or movie coming up, Bernthal will be reprising the role of Frank Castle in Daredevil: Born Again.

BenSolo_Cup also shared a fan poster for Luke Cage with Mike Colter back as the titular hero. This time, however, the MCU Special Presentation is imagined as a Heroes for Hire spinoff, with Finn Jones’ Iron Fist, Simone Missick’s Misty Knight, and Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple.

For Krysten Ritter’s MCU hero, BenSolo_Cup pitched her MCU Special Presentation as Jessica Jones: Return of the Purple Man, with David Tennant back as Kilgrave. However, Jessica is also seen holding a baby, who is likely her and Luke’s daughter, Danielle Cage-Jones, from the comics.

Lastly, Jones’ Danny Rand got his MCU Special Presentation imaged by BenSolo_Cup as Iron Fist: The Living Weapon. While he never had it on his Netflix show, this time Danny is finally seen donning an Iron Fist costume.

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Will The Rest Of The Defenders Ever Return To The MCU?

The bigger question that still remains unanswered is whether the other Defenders will make a comeback, especially now that their Netflix shows are on Disney+, allowing Marvel Studios to use the characters more freely. At the moment, with MCU Phase 5 already stacked with projects, it seems highly unlikely that the franchise will do more than reintroduce Daredevil and Punisher at this point in time. However, that doesn’t mean the other Marvel Netflix heroes couldn’t show up in supporting roles, especially in something like Daredevil: Born Again, as Matt Murdock already has relationships with these characters.

If anything, the Defenders may have bigger roles to play in Phase 6, especially as the entire MCU will have to deal with the looming threat that is Kang the Conqueror. Most of the actors from the other Marvel Netflix shows have made it clear that they would love to reprise their roles in one way or another, making them appear like a more than viable choices to bolster the MCU roster without having to provide origin stories for yet more characters.

With the great reception that Netflix’s Marvel shows had, it would be a shock if Marvel Studios didn’t find ways to bring back the other characters. It would also genuinely be interesting to see how those characters would engage with players from the movies, as they never got the chance during their time on Netflix. For now, time will tell if the MCU has seen the last of the other Defenders, or if Marvel Studios is secretly planning to bring them back at some point.

Source: BenSolo_Cup (1,2,3,4)/Instagram

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