Marvel Confirms It Has Rights to Daredevil Villain Kingpin and Elektra
Back in April 2013, Marvel Studios reclaimed the rights to Daredevil, after 20th Century Fox failed to get production started on their proposed reboot, which Joe Carnahan was at one time set to direct. What wasn't known at the time is whether Daredevil characters Kingpin and Elektra came with this deal. Today, Kevin Feige reveals in an interview with IGN that the studio does have the rights to Elektra in full and at least partial rights to Kingpin.
"Elektra I think we have. I think that was part of Daredevil, and that's clean and simple. Kingpin we either have or somehow share. I'm not 100 percent clear on that one."
Marvel currently has a shared rights deal for the characters Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch with 20th Century Fox, since these characters pop up in both the Avengers comics and the X-Men comics. The deal includes provisions that Marvel Studios can't reference the characters' X-Men history, and 20th Century Fox can't refer to their Avengers story line. Since Kingpin appears in both the Spider-Man and Daredevil comics, it's possible there is a similar agreement between Marvel Studios and Sony, who control the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Earlier this month a trailer was released for The Amazing Spider-Man 2's upcoming video game, which features Kingpin, although he has not been confirmed to appear in the movie. Producer Avi Arad has previously stated that Kingpin could be used in The Amazing Spider-Man movies, so it seems that there may be some sort of deal between Sony and Marvel.
However, Kevin Feige revealed that the rights situation for another character, Namor, is more complicated than the others.
"No, Namor I think is a little complicated, the way some of them are."
While it isn't known when (or if) the Daredevil reboot may happen, Marvel is now moving forward with a Daredevil TV series for Netflix, which was announced in November 2013. Drew Goddard is writing and directing the pilot episode for that series, but no plot details have been released, so it isn't known if Kingpin will be a part of this show or not. Marvel and Netflix are also teaming up for shows based on Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, all of whom will join Daredevil in The Defenders mini-series.