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Marvel’s Daredevil cancelled by Netflix but “will live on in future projects”

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Talk about being blindsided! In the wake of cancellations for Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Netflix has now also the dropped the axe on Marvel’s Daredevil just a month after the comic book show’s critically acclaimed third season premiered. This appears to be the latest step Netflix is taking in preparation of the inevitable war that will happen when Marvel owner Disney launches its own rival streaming service next year. Besides for just the looming competition, Netflix has reportedly been bumping heads with Disney over lowering their series episode counts from the original 13, partially in a bid to cut costs of these rather expensive shows. Creatively, most of these shows also had much narrative fat to trim as the vastly improved second season of Iron Fist proved with its shorter 10-episode season. As a result of these and other squabbles, the collaborative relationship between Netflix and Marvel has apparently eroded quite far.

Daredevil – which saw Charlie Cox starring as the eponymous blind lawyer by day, ass-kicking vigilante by night – was the flagship show in that Marvel-Netflix collaboration, launching this small-screen corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2015. Although it went through some behind the scenes shakeups with a different showrunner each season and boasted a divisive second season, it has always been regarded as the yardstick by which to measure the other shows. In fact, Daredevil’s most recent season is widely regarded as the best bit of television Marvel and Netflix have ever produced.

With that type of critical hype behind it, this cancellation may come as a surprise to some. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays the villainous Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin – arguably Marvel’s best on-screen baddie – was even talking about a fourth season just recently. However, the same thing happened with Luke Cage as showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had already had half the scripts for a potential third season in the can and negotiations had already been underway when the cancellation order came. Unlike that axe-drop though, the split here appears to have been a bit more amicable as Netflix and Marvel revealed in a press release (via Deadline) that it was felt “best to close this chapter on a high note” and that Cox’s Daredevil would “live on in future projects for Marvel”.

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 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.

Of all the Netflix Marvel characters, Daredevil had always easily seemed the best candidate to make the transition from small-screen hero to big screen Avenger, however Deadline’s sources indicate that a movie option “seems unlikely”. Marvel still has a second season of The Punisher on the way, and given how that show actually spun out of Daredevil’s second season, the character could easily pop up there.

The other seemingly obvious answer would be for Daredevil to get another show on the Disney+ streaming service, alongside the already confirmed Loki, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon and Winter Soldier solo series, but the show leans quite hard into its mature rating and that probably won’t be a good fit for the more family-friendly Disney service. Disney-owned Hulu might just be the next best thing, as it already hosts Marvel’s Runaways and won’t have that many qualms about showing off some violence or mature imagery.

Either way, wherever Daredevil does end up – and it would be criminal for Disney to not use the character again – it certainly doesn’t bode well for Jessica Jones, the only other Marvel Netflix show that has been hanging in limbo since its less well-received second season earlier this year. With the crossover miniseries The Defenders all but confirmed to be a one-and-done effort, and not even a rumble of a third season renewal for Jessica Jones, chances are we’ll be writing up another one of these articles for the Krysten Ritter-led noir superhero show very soon as well.

Last Updated: November 30, 2018


  1. Well that’s unfortunate, but inevitable I would guess.


  2. Original Heretic

    November 30, 2018 at 08:22

    Perhaps they’re lacking the vision to properly see this through.
    Would be cool to see Daredevil appear in some Marvel movies, though. Let’s see him team up with Spider-Man!


  3. Skittle

    November 30, 2018 at 08:54

    • Pariah

      November 30, 2018 at 09:03

      This is my new favourite piece of art for this month. XD


  4. kieker

    November 30, 2018 at 09:03

    First the increased tax on paying netflix, then this. Ai


  5. BradeLunner

    November 30, 2018 at 10:38

    This is devastating news.


  6. Kapitan Balalaika

    November 30, 2018 at 12:29

    Does the end of season 3 wrap up things nicely or does it hint a continuation?


  7. MaSeKind

    November 30, 2018 at 12:39

    I’m starting to wonder if it’s really worth paying for Netflix anymore giving that the only reason I have it is for series, and they are either cancelling the good series or loosing/not renewing licenses for other good series I want to watch.

    Seems its still best to go back to my old way of just downloading the series I want to watch. What a damn shame. I really wanted to give these people money to watch their content, but they keep on making it more and more difficult.

    On that subject, does anyone here have Amazon Prime? It seems like that is actually the best place to get good series these days, but I’m unsure of how much will actually be available in SA


    • Pariah

      November 30, 2018 at 15:32

      Amazon Prime is very limited in content. I wouldn’t recommend unless you watch Twitch as well. As a standalone video service, I’ve gotten some anime and American Gods out of the deal. Not much else.

      Netflix, even with the loss of the Marvel properties, still far outshines Amazon. Rather look for Hulu or Showmax as alternatives – but you’ll need to get input from others for those.


      • MaSeKind

        November 30, 2018 at 16:17

        Yeah I reactivated my Showmax but quickly scrolling through the series it’s basically just Dr Who, Westworld and GoT that I’d watch. Okay and maybe Nathaniel’s shows after I’ve smoked something XD (got to try that some time)

        I’ve really considered getting a VPN again and doing Hulu. They actually seem the best of the services at the moment. But for how long I don’t know. Part of the problem I guess is also I don’t know which shows are really good and more importantly, which shows won’t be cancelled just after I started getting into it.

        Not sure of the legal implications here but I just wish someone would provide a VPN like service that you pay a monthly cost to them and you can pick and choose any of these different services and stream it through them.


  8. CrAiGiSh

    November 30, 2018 at 14:11

    Well fuck …


  9. Gavin Mannion

    November 30, 2018 at 14:55

    The massacre of the Marvel series is really making me think twice about continuing with Netflix as my primary entertainment stream. I’m definitely not going to end up paying for 5+ different streaming services


    • Pariah

      November 30, 2018 at 15:34

      Well if you were subscribing to the service for just one set of series then wouldn’t it be prudent to rethink that sub anyway?


      • MaSeKind

        November 30, 2018 at 16:20

        That’s my predicament actually. While R99 isn’t the end of the world I feel like I’m wasting that money cause I’m not really using the service that much. Of course if I watched a show everyday it would a different story. That’s why I really liked downloading my series as I did in the old days. Just get what you want, when you want it. But I’d like to not do that anymore.


        • Pariah

          November 30, 2018 at 17:24

          My ex used to do all the downloading. I never bother. And since I skip most movies anyway, Netflix works for me. Rather well. I have Amazon Prime because of Twitch, so I get some stuff there too, but as I said not much. I’m not a big consumer in this area though. 😛


          • MaSeKind

            November 30, 2018 at 17:33

            Well if you’re looking for someone new to downloading things for you, let me know 😛 Sorry I just had to say that

            (I almost typed ‘if you’re looking for a new ex’; that might be moving things a bit fast XD)

          • Pariah

            November 30, 2018 at 19:12

            XD XD

  10. RinceThis

    November 30, 2018 at 15:34

    very sad.


  11. For the Emperor!

    December 1, 2018 at 17:52

    Hmmm, I still have to finish the latest seasons of those 3 sub-par series. Daredevil was awesome and I binged it like a boss! Still stuck on Jessica Jones episode 6 after 3 weeks 🙁


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