Last month, Netflix pulled the plug on Iron Fist and Luke Cage, a move many of us considered unfortunate but not terribly surprising (especially in the case of Iron Fist, woof). Now, just weeks later, it's dropped the hammer on Daredevil, the MCU series that started it all. Pretty shocking!
Said the network in a statement to Deadline:
“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.”
That bit about Daredevil living on in future Marvel projects will certainly get tongues wagging. Might the Man Without Fear get another crack at the silver screen? Might he appear in a retooled series on Disney's new streaming service? We don't know, but you're free to speculate along with us in the comments below.
In the meantime: Jessica Jones and The Punisher, both of which have performed well with Marvel fans, remain uncancelled by Netflix. We'd say that both of 'em seem safe, but we also would've said that about Daredevil if you'd asked us half an hour ago.
Anyway, this is surely depressing news for viewers who stuck with Daredevil during its three-season run. Feel free to mourn its passing below, and stay tuned for further updates on the fates of Netflix's other Marvel shows as they become available.