It seems Netflix has done what Kingpin and Bullseye never could in the comics: cancel Daredevil.
Variety reports the streaming giant has chosen not to bring series starring Charlie Cox back for a fourth season. “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,” a Netflix spokesperson told the site. “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.”
Presumably, the series could be born again on Disney+ or some other Disney outlet.
The news will sadden fans as Daredevil finally found its footing under Oleson’s creative direction. But then again, many are theorizing Netflix is looking to get out of all its Marvel commitments as Disney plans to use the Marvel brand — and the Marvel Studios films currently available on Netflix — to buoy Disney+, its rival streaming service, late next year. And, to be honest, the reason behind the change in Marvel’s fortunes at Netflix feels quite apparent. Though the individual seasons of the cancelled Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will remain on the service for sometime, it is easy to see why the company would be reluctant to make more Marvel content. In fact, it picked up a roster of non-Disney comic book content and its own comic book company, Millarworld, in anticipation of walking away from the Marvel Universe.
In the meantime, a third season of Jessica Jones and a second season of The Punisher are set to debut over the course of next six months. But with Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg leaving the series after she delivers the completed third season, expect it to be cancelled swiftly with The Punisher to follow thereafter.