While the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen continues to thrive, the Netflix television part of the universe continues to suffer fatal blows. After canceling both Marvel’s Iron Fist and Marvel’s Luke Cage within a week of one another last month, the streaming platform has now dropped the ax on the Devil of Hells Kitchen.
That’s right, according to Deadline, after a recent third season that pitted Daredevil and Kingpin against one another again Netflix has officially canceled Marvel’s Daredevil, the series that kicked off the entire Netflix Marvel series of shows. This leaves just an upcoming third season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones and a second season of Marvel’s The Punisher left of this part of the universe.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the company said in a statement 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 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.”
Many began to fear the fate of these shows once Disney made it clear they were taking all their toys (films & shows) from Netflix to go play in their own yard with their own streaming platform and the cancellations seem to prove those fears might have been warranted. Marvel can’t showcase these Netflix shows on the Disney platform since Netflix co-owns them, but Disney has already floated out plans to create their own MCU shows with Loki, Scarlet Witch, a Winter Soldier/Falcon show and a Rocket Raccoon/Groot series.
Only the Loki series, all of them to be limited series, has officially been confirmed.
There are also reports that Marvel TV was resistant to the recent changes that Netflix has instituted of dropping season episode counts down from 13 to 10, something many fans had been clamoring for since the start, along with other creative differences that begun to arise.
Vincent D’Onofrio, the Kingpin Wilson Fisk himself, had hope recently for a fourth season but sadly that isn’t to be. There is no word if Netflix will wrap up plotlines that were left dangling in all these shows or if they have plans for anything else going forward with Marvel TV/Disney.