After cutting down “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” Netflix has brought the axe to “Daredevil”. The original Marvel series on Netflix won’t be coming back for another season, surprising fans on social-media and leaving Hell’s Kitchen wide-open to attacks.
Netflix has been chopping down “The Defenders” one by one over the past few months, though “Marvel’s Daredevil” is a very disappointing cancellation. The show recently released its fantastic third season earlier this fall, which earned high marks from both critics and fans. Unlike “Iron Fist,” which received push back from critics and fans almost immediately, Daredevil was always a crowd favorite with viewers. In the end that wasn’t enough to save the series and it won’t be coming back or continuing the many threads that were left behind after the third season.
In a statement released late on Friday, Netflix said “We’re thankful to our partners at Marvel, showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and incredible cast 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.”
Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, was most likely a factor in the cancellation of these shows on Netflix, though its unclear just how large of a role Disney+ played in the final decision for these shows. That service is set to debut in 2019 and will feature new Marvel series, along with new Star Wars and PIXAR content.
If you’re keeping track, Netflix only has “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher” left on its service. If you are a fan of these shows you should probably count on them only lasting one more season, despite their popularity. “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil” were favorites of mine, it will be sad to see them swept under the carpet.
As for Disney+, the company hasn’t set a premiere date at this time but Disney did confirm the new name earlier this winter. Disney has been teasing the new content scheduled to debut later this year but stopped short of announcing any of the pricing details. Disney+ will have to compete with Netflix for subscribers, and Hulu, which Disney’s owns a 30% share.