Netflix continues to ax its Marvel shows and this one will rock fans to the core. The streaming giant has officially cancelled Daredevil after three seasons. I wish I was lying… The move comes on the heels of Netflix canceling Iron Fist and Luke Cage last month.
In a statement given to Deadline, Netflix had this to say:
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix. 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 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.”
The cancelation of Daredevil comes a month after its highly anticipated and acclaimed third season was released following a long hiatus. The end of the Man Without Fear, now leaves only two Marvel series on Netflix, Jessica Jones and The Punisher.
The era of Marvel TV on Netflix seems to be coming to an end and sources say that it is due to Disney is revving up its own streaming service with series coming from Marvel’s film division. As of now, Disney has not commented on whether or not the cancelled Marvel/Netflix shows will appear on Disney+.
For now, the upcoming new seasons of Jessica Jones and The Punisher are still currently scheduled to run on Netflix as planned, sources say.
The relationship between Marvel and Netflix seems to be irreversibly strained. Aside from the abrupt cancellations of Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the two sides have reportedly been arguing over the season orders and that may have played a role in Daredevil’s demise, as it did Luke Cage’s. All Marvel series produced under Netflix have produced 13-episode seasons. But Netflix has since switched to seasons of 10 episodes (8 for Defenders) and has been pressuring Marvel TV to switch to fewer episodes, which the company had been resisting.
Insiders also point to the fact that various Marvel/Netflix shows have gone through showrunner after showrunner, an aspect that neither company likes to think about.