…and then there was one. After last month’s cancellation of both Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Netflix has announced that Marvel’s Daredevil is also finished, at least on Netflix. This leaves Jessica Jones as the lone remaining Defender on Netflix. As a result, Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the remaining two Marvel/Netflix collaborations left currently standing. Both are scheduled to run as planned for their upcoming third and second seasons respectively.
For those bummed by the news, it doesn’t sound like Marvel or Disney is done with the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen quite yet. According to Netflix, Daredevil will live on elsewhere at some point in the future.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streamer said in a statement tonight to Deadline. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note. We’re thankful to our partners at Marvel, showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and
incrediblecast including Charlie Cox as Daredevil himself, and we’re grateful to the fans who have supported the show over the years.
“While the series on Netflix has ended, the three existing seasons will remain on the service for years to come, while the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.”
While the statement doesn’t directly point to a Daredevil show continuing on Disney+, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, it does seem plausible. Cryptic posts after Iron Fist was cancelled led to rumours that that show would also see the light of day at some point in the future under Disney. When Luke Cage followed suit, speculation was that Disney is preparing for a Heroes for Hire series on Disney+.
However, the real reason for the cancellations could be due to reported creative differences, the cost to make each series, and Marvel’s supposed resistance to Netflix scaling each series down to 10-episode seasons (a move many reviews suggested in almost every season) from the usual 13-episodes. With Marvel under the Disney umbrella, the company shouldn’t have to worry about as much friction or “creative differences” when working directly under Disney.
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