Ever since the cancellations of the Marvel/Netflix shows in the wake of Jeph Loeb’s exit and the demise of Marvel Television, there have been plenty of speculations and rumors about what Marvel/Disney plans to do with the character rights as they revert back to them.
These various rumors over the last two years have run the gauntlet of the main actors reprising roles in the MCU to even bolder claims that their shows would get a complete resurrection elsewhere on Disney’s streaming services. It’s worth noting none of this has ever been made official despite the hopefulness of fans.
During a chat with Deadline, they asked Marvel’s CCO Kevin Feige his current intentions on reviving the Netflix shows specifically mentioning Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, his answer alludes to them being too busy with their own material. However, not entirely closing the door.
FEIGE: “Well, certainly you’ve seen what we announced at Comic-Con a year and half ago and on Disney Investor Day a few weeks ago, so that’s our focus. But I’ve been at Marvel long enough to never say never about anything.”
Marvel Studios focusing on their own projects sounds about right as they really haven’t given the impression they are interested on returning to those projects. Instead, developing bigger things and introducing new heroes/franchises to audiences. Feige has the power to bring back shows or actors as the chief creative officer and is now running the newly branded Marvel TV Studios.
They also got the rights to a string of Marvel characters from the merger with 21st Century Fox that would likely be more of a priority for them as seen with the Fantastic Four announcement and official development on Deadpool 3.
Considering the Netflix shows had always fell outside of the main Marvel Cinematic Universe canon and they weren’t projects that were developed by Marvel Studios, there isn’t a huge obligation to continue those shows with those exact actors (their contracts have all expired). Of course, there are plenty of fans of those shows that would disagree and have convinced themselves that they could have a second life elsewhere despite the mature nature of those shows would mean they’d have to land on Disney+’s adult arm Star or Hulu.