The chances for a new big-screen Daredevil just totally changed

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Dec 17, 2012

Daredevil fans, things are about to get interesting. Fox has had the film rights to Hell's Kitchen's greatest hero locked up for the past decade, but as of today, they're finally headed home.

Marvel—the folks who created the character and have blown up the box office in recent years with hits such as The Avengers and Iron Man—are back in control.

Fox's agreement to retain the film rights to the franchise were contingent on a new film being in the works by Oct. 10, and with that deadline lapsed, the rights have reportedly reverted back to Marvel. Daredevil's last outing at Fox was the critically panned 2003 effort starring Ben Affleck in the title role, which proved so bad that it put the character on ice ever since.

Despite some last-minute negotiations with Marvel that could've extended the clock and swapped Galactus' rights back to the comic company, time ran out.

With Daredevil back in Marvel's stable, there's no telling what could come next. The most obvious option would be a modern-day reboot set in the shared universe of The Avengers (hey, Daredevil did just join The New Avengers in the comic continuity), but anything is possible.

Acclaimed director Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Narc) famously made a run at Matt Murdock as the clock ticked down at Fox, but the arms struck midnight before a deal could be completed.

The sizzle reel for his dark, 1970s-set adaptation has since made it out into the wild, to moderate fanfare, and Captain America has already shown that Marvel isn't afraid to open the door to some period-set heroes. Here's hoping Carnahan at least gets a chance to re-pitch.

As for Fox, they seem to have decided to double down on their more popular comic properties with X-Men and The Fantastic Four, with new films currently in the works for both franchises.

What do you think about Daredevil heading back to Marvel? What type of new film are you hoping for?

(Via Comic Book Movie)