In somewhat shocking news, Netflix has revealed that Daredevil, the show which launched their Marvel Defenders-verse, has been cancelled after three seasons.
A spokesperson confirmed the news to Variety, saying that the show will remain on the platform but no new episodes will be produced.
“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.”
While the cancellation of Iron Fist (and even Luke Cage to an extent) might have been coming, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen only getting three season is a serious surprise. Apart from the first season of Jessica Jones, Daredevil has always been the most acclaimed of the Defenders shows and anchors the rest of them.
However, there may be more here than meets the eye. With Disney set to launch their own streaming service, the cannily named Disney+, it could be resurrected down the line once this story has died down. It would be a very Disney move: removing content from the most accessible source to sell it (probably) at a premium on your own service.
This is sad news for me personally. I have always enjoyed the show, even if I’m yet to get around to watching its third season. This leaves just Jessica Jones as the last woman standing from the Defenders-verse with The Punisher also due a second season sometime down the line.