The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen joins Iron Fist and Luke Cage on the Netflix scrapheap.
The news we’ve been dreading has finally emerged from the halls of Netflix HQ. Daredevil, Marvel’s tentpole streaming series starring Charlie Cox has officially been cancelled after three fantastic seasons. This cancellation comes just weeks after the debut of its critically acclaimed third season and months after Netflix terminated future seasons of Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
Varying reasons have been suggested for this cancellation, however, it is no secret that Marvel is eager to recall their many properties and rehome them on the new Disney+ streaming service. Furthermore, relations between Netflix and Marvel are rumoured to have become strained in recent months and with the contract between them due to expire on December 31st it would appear the Netflix is cleaning house.
As of press time, Netflix’s two remaining Marvel properties Jessica Jones and The Punisher are still scheduled for further adventures in their respective second and third seasons, but with the axe falling upon Marvel’s biggest Netflix property their future is by no means certain.
Netflix has issued a statement regarding Daredevil’s cancellation:
“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 our partners at Marvel, showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and an 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,” they said.
Taking these comments into consideration, does this mean we can expect to see a new series of Daredevil debuting on Disney+ in the future? We certainly hope so, however, a rather solemn tweet from series star Deborah Ann Woll appears to shut down that notion. The actress behind Matt Murdoch’s faithful companion Karen Page has taken to social media to reiterate her sadness over the series’ cancellation.
The Russo Brothers have recently confirmed that they were very close to adding Netflix’s Defenders into the events of Avengers: Infinity War but decided against doing so at the very last minute. This would seem to suggest that Marvel still has plans for Daredevil and his crime-fighting cohorts moving forward. Either way, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen now has an uncertain future ahead of him. For a series which has so much going for it, this cancellation is a bitter body blow to the fans.
Will we see Daredevil back on our screens? Over to you Marvel Studios…
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