Marvel Entertainment was originally prevented from developing Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and Punisher movies. Kevin Feige pushed for the films to be made, which resulted in a lawsuit that was ultimately settled.
Marvel Entertainment originally prevented Kevin Feige from developing Ghost Rider, Daredevil, and Punisher movies. The company’s CEO, Ike Perlmutter, was not convinced that the films would succeed.
Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and the Punisher are among the Marvel characters that have yet to appear in the MCU, but the explanation for their absence isn’t as easy as fans may believe. While some speculated that Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team had no intentions for any of these darker characters, the choice to leave them out of the series was ultimately theirs to make. Even after reclaiming the rights to Daredevil and other characters from rival companies, Marvel Entertainment barred Marvel Studios from utilizing them.
When Marvel Entertainment was in trouble in the 1990s, it sold the film rights to its characters to a variety of companies. Many of the characters’ rights began to revert back to Marvel in the 2010s. Ghost Rider was brought back from Sony, Daredevil was brought back from Fox, and so on. The MCU was already in existence at the time, but Marvel Studios was still part of Marvel Entertainment.
Marvel Entertainment put some characters off-limits to Feige and the film division, according to the new book The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel intended to utilize Daredevil and the other returning characters to build a “planned TV empire” that would be distinct from the MCU, since Feige was already generating money with the Avengers.
This was seen in the numerous TV series produced by Marvel Television and Jeph Loeb. On Netflix, Daredevil and the other Defenders characters got their own series. A new Ghost Rider was introduced in Agents of SHIELD, and there were plans for him to have his own series. Marvel TV was a separate entity from Marvel Studios.
“While many assumed that this entire stable of characters would go straight into Marvel Studios’ movie development process, Marvel Entertainment’s higher-ups decided that, because the movie side was already deeply committed to their successful Avengers characters, and the impending Guardians of the Galaxy characters, the returnees would instead help build a planned TV empire under the direct control of Marvel Entertainment (entirely separate from ).” “Despite their desire to create such characters, the film side had little influence over them. They all moved to Marvel Entertainment instead. The others were cast in various streaming shows, with Ghost Rider appearing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Marvel Studios grew into a superpower, and the MCU became the world’s most popular film series. Feige was ultimately given full creative authority over both cinema and television by Disney and Marvel, thus canceling all current TV programs and handing over all projects to Marvel Studios. As a result, MCU TV series including WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier were created.
There are no longer any restrictions on which characters the MCU may employ, as long as the rights to such characters belong to Marvel. For example, Spider-Man properties are still owned by Sony, thus Marvel requires special permission to use them in the franchise. Daredevil and Ghost Rider, on the other hand, are Marvel characters, so it’s simply a question of finding the perfect moment to debut them on-screen.
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