Daredevil has been axed after three well-received seasons.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streaming giant said in a statement given to Deadline. “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.”
It’s certainly bound to be disappointing news for the show’s many fans. After all, Daredevil is arguably the best of Netflix’s Marvel shows. The silver lining is that it appears that Daredevil’s journey isn’t over, although it isn’t completely clear if it’s Charlie Cox’s iteration of the character or if they simply mean that they have more in mind for the character in the future.
“We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future,” Marvel said in their official statement.
Daredevil cast and crew have expressed their sadness at the cancellation. In the last few weeks, a number had touched on a fourth season.
“I’m so sad that we won’t be continuing this story,” actress Deborah Ann Woll said on Twitter. “Mostly I’ll miss seeing the friends I’ve made everyday. Thank you to every person who contributed to this series over the years. And to [season 3 producer] Erik Oleson because of you we are going out on a high.”
I’m so sad that we won’t be continuing this story. Mostly I’ll miss seeing the friends I’ve made everyday. Thank you to every person who contributed to this series over the years. And to @erikoleson because of you we are going out on a high. @Daredevil #Daredevil pic.twitter.com/aVmXu1UwFu
— Deborah Ann Woll (@DeborahAnnWoll) November 30, 2018
Tweeted Oleson, who had actually pitched Daredevil season 4 to Netflix and Marvel just two weeks ago: “Sometimes a gig is just a paycheck. When we’re lucky, it’s so much more. There was something magical about working on Daredevil season 3. We all felt it.”
Sometimes a gig is just a paycheck. When we’re lucky, it’s so much more.
There was something magical about working on #Daredevil Season 3.
We all felt it.
— Erik Oleson (@erikoleson) November 30, 2018
The Kingpin also expressed his thoughts, actor Vincent D’Onofrio tweeting out the following:
.@Daredevil @netflix canceled. Yet Daredevil is still out there blood stained high up poised in the moonlight. Movement below him on the street. A flash of white moving through the sea of darkness Hell's Kitchen. This image folds into a black suburban screeching into the night. pic.twitter.com/w4zhLwPLse
— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 30, 2018
As for what could be on the horizon for Netflix, there’s a chance that Cox will be back as Daredevil in the next season of The Punisher and/or the next season of Jessica Jones. As of now, both those shows remain on Netflix, but who really knows anymore. Of course, there’s a good chance Disney is looking to place the character in their streaming service, although it will be interesting to see if the grit and more adult-leaning nature of the series is maintained if that happens.
The cancellation of yet another Marvel series points to further behind-the-scenes issues between Marvel TV and Netflix. As per Deadline, the Daredevil axing “shows just how strained relations between Netflix and the Jeph Loeb run Marvel TV have become.”
The issues include:
- These shows are expensive to produce. Now that Netflix has many of their own series that they didn’t have when they forked out the cash for these Marvel shows five years ago, they aren’t very keen to continue the big spending.
- Netflix has started to produce 10-episode seasons and are thus putting the pressure on Marvel TV to lower their preferred 13-episode runs, a request Marvel isn’t too happy with.
- There have been a number of different showrunners on these Marvel shows; Daredevil, for example, had a new showrunner every season.
We’ll see what Daredevil’s future holds and if The Punisher and Jessica Jones manage to stay on Netflix.