Another Netflix-Marvel series bites the dust.
"Daredevil" has been cancelled after three seasons, reports Deadline. The series (a significant fan-favorite) was Netflix's first major Marvel property brought to the streaming service.
The cancellation comes soon after Netflix axed "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cake" in October. Though Matt Murdock may have some life left in him. See the below statement from Netflix:
“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." No word if that afterlife translates to feature films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or in some TV or feature capacity on Disney+, Disney's pending streaming service. (According to Deadline's sources, however, plans for another movie seems unlikely.)
The news is surprising after "Daredevil" rebounded creatively and creatively with its recent third season. Now, "Jessica Jones" and "The Punisher" are Netflix's only remaining Marvel series. Per Deadline, both shows' upcoming seasons will run as scheduled on Netflix.
So what factors contributed to the cancellation? For starters, strains in the relationship between Marvel TV and Netflix, with the latter pushing for 10-episode seasons (down from 13) and Marvel TV bumping back against that. Also, showrunner turnover on "Daredevil" points to creative issues that may have reached a tipping point. "Daredevil" has had a new showrunner for every one of its three seasons. Drew Goddard ("Cabin in the Woods") originally developed the series for Netflix back in 2015 and left the show in after writing its first and second episodes.
No date has been set as of publish for the return of "Jessica Jones" or "The Punisher.