The last two months were pretty shocking for Netflix subscribers when the streamer began to pull the plug on its Marvel shows, one-by-one. First it was Iron Fist, then Luke Cage the following week, and, finally, Daredevil a month later.
The specific targeting of Marvel series led to widespread speculation that Disney (which owns the comics-based entertainment giant) was clearing the path for its own streaming service, Disney+, which launches in 2019. However, one member of the Daredevil cast, Amy Rutberg, is refuting the perception that the House of Mouse is behind all the cancellations. Rutberg is known for playing crackshot attorney and Foggy Nelson's on-again, off-again girlfriend, Marci Stahl.
“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised,” Rutberg told Inverse. “Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised... We had heard rumors we would start production [on Season 4] as early as February 2019. It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”
Rutberg's comments are more in line with reports that claim Netflix wanted to trim its episode orders for future seasons of the Marvel projects. The show's central star, Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock), was truly saddened by news of the series coming to an end, saying he felt that there were plenty of stories left to tell. According to executive producer and writer Sam Ernst, Season 4 had already been mapped out and, in his own words, "it was so f****ing cool."
Season 3 of Daredevil is now streaming on Netflix and was the fourth most popular show on the site prior to getting the axe. Season 2 of Punisher and Season 3 of Jessica Jones will drop in the new year, but observers speculate those may be their last seasons, too.