While Marvel is ready to establish a TV continuity that ties closely in with the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the original shows that attempted to do that on Netflix still have their fanbase. Whether it's Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, or, yes, even Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, fans have hoped that versions could officially become part of the MCU. Originally, the idea was for their shows on Netflix to have loose connection but doing their own thing. This also allowed them to get past the more family-friendly rating of the movies. However, Feige's speaking on Deadpool 3 makes you realize that perhaps the more adult characters the Netflix gang played could return. Officially confirming that it's in the works, Feige had this to say about the third solo entry of the Merc with a Mouth:
"It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.”
This brings us back to the Netflix/Marvel characters, which fans have been lobbying for since all their shows were officially cancelled two years ago (And took that length of time for the rights to be used again by Marvel Studios). And the actors have done just as much including Cox himself and everyone favorite kingpin, Vincent d'Onofrio. There has even been been confirmation by Jon Bernthal he's been in talks to return as Frank Castle/The Punisher. With Deadpool 3 not only being R-rated but allowing Reynolds to essentially merge his version of the character from the Fox/X-Men universe into the MCU, it becomes apparent the Netflix shows are also a possibility, which Feige confirmed himself as well today:
“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.”
While most projects just struggle to get off the ground, the issue here is simply how one might integrate them into the intricate MCU that has worked to establish continuity between characters since it's creation in 2008. For now though, hope continues for all as Marvel seems ready to mature their universe since most of their main audience is now old enough to handle it. Stay tuned!