The movie rights to Daredevil have reverted back to Marvel and Disney, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told reporters at Tuesday's Iron Man 3 press junket.

20th Century Fox, the studio responsible for 2003's Daredevil with Ben Affleck in the title role and its 2005 Elektra spinoff starring Jennifer Garner, failed to meet an Oct. 10, 2012 deadline to get a Daredevil movie in production, thereby effectively ceding the rights back to Marvel.

Feige didn't offer any details regarding what, if anything, Marvel Studios plans to do with the character.

One can assume that The A-Team director Joe Carnahan's proposal to set a new Daredevil franchise in a gritty, 1970s New York will have even less pull at Disney than it did at Fox, where his R-rated vision of the character was turned down. That take just doesn't match the very modern, very PG-13 world Marvel Studios has established in its movies.

Then again, it's hard to imagine viewers will see Daredevil showing up in an Avengers sequel either, given his status as one of the few superhero holdouts to mostly keep his distance from the super-team, though he did briefly join the New Avengers for an arc in 2011. Maybe Whedon and crew will at least fit in a Matt Murdock cameo.

One thing that does seem pretty clear is that The Man Without Fear's fans will probably have to wait a while to see Daredevil return to the big screen, given that the studio has announced all its Phase Two movies (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2) through the summer of 2015.

[Via Newsarama]