Most people know that Marvel does not own the film rights to all of its characters, but not everyone knows that it was the sale of those rights that allowed Marvel Studios to begin to fund its own films. While the film rights to Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, among others, still reside at outside studios, rights to some other iconic characters have been returned to Marvel over the past year or two. Two such characters, Daredevil and The Punisher, were among the things Feige discussed with Bleeding Cool.
"We're trying to figure out what to do with Daredevil now. Punisher could show up at one point. You know, once we get characters back into the Marvel fold we don't want to do something right away, we want to do the smart thing at the smart time," said Feige when asked about those characters in the Marvel universe whose films might take on a bit of a darker tone, aka characters from the Marvel Knights branch of comics.
While most of us would love for them to get something in gear with both of those characters, it's clearly the smart choice to hold off and do the right thing, something at which Feige has proven quite adept. I've talked in the past about the lack of the Marvel Knights in the MCU and the fact that some of them may be better suited to small screen adaptations rather than films and with the news that Marvel is in the early stages of developing several more TV properties it is possible that Daredevil could be headed to the airwaves down the road.
Bleeding Cool promises more to come from their interview with Feige and we will make sure to get that info out as soon as we can.