Earlier this year, the third season of Jessica Jones landed on Netflix, bringing the Marvel TV shows on the streaming service to a premature end. Jessica Jones joined Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Punisher, and Daredevil in the unemployment until Disney rebooted them in the future. Aside from Iron Fist, there was a massive outpouring from fans of each respective series, but that all seemingly fell on deaf ears as Disney had no plans to revive any of the shows for Disney+.
I know Iron Fist must have had some fans, but the adventures of Danny Rand were hardly the most captivating. Credit where credit is due, the season two finale set up an exciting third season that we won't get to see, one last slap in the face from Iron Fist. However, we might not be done with the Netflix incarnation of some of these characters. According to We Got This Covered, both Charlie Cox's Daredevil and Jon Bernthal’s Punisher are being eyed to join the MCU. While there is nothing official from Marvel, We Got This Covered is a highly credible source, and there is no reason to doubt the legitimacy of their scoop. The other Netflix Marvel heroes are also likely to cross over, but it remains unclear how these harder-edged characters will fit in the MCU.
Even if you've not seen any of the Netflix Marvel shows, you'll know that these are not made for kids, not even a little. The Punisher's tenacity for violence, Daredevil's frequently bloody battles, basically every fifth word said by Jessica Jones, these aren't the usual attributes found in the MCU. Since the Disney/Fox merger, Marvel has been trying to work out how to work in the X-Men, Fantastic Four, but more pressingly, how R-rated content like Deadpool can work alongside the usual PG-13 spectacle. Currently, Disney plans on keeping Deadpool R-rated, which could be an indication of a separate, more adult side of the MCU.
The near $900 million success of Warner Bros' Joker has definitively disproved the myth that films based on comic books need to follow a set formula. I am by no means comparing Deadpool to Joker, but their collective impact on changing the way comic book movies can be made can't be ignored. Plus, you can bet that Disney has been paying close attention to Joker's box office numbers, after all, it could be a decade before we get an Endgame level crossover event. I would love to see Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher crossover to the MCU in some way, here's hoping an official announcement is on the horizon.