After the fall of Luke Cage and Iron Fist over on Netflix, the cancellation of Daredevil made Marvel streaming shows perfectly aware of their fleeting mortality — especially with Disney’s proprietary service Disney+ on its way. Daredevil, the first of the Marvel offerings on Netflix, predated the two remaining (Jessica Jones and The Punisher) but was also the poster boy for a business model that both Disney and Netflix seek to change.
Netflix wants to host Netflix-owned shows, not pay huge fees for other studios’. Disney wants to see its heroes given the best treatment, and now that they’ll have their own service, that means with them. So it’s not too surprising that the show got canceled — from the outside looking in, that is.
The cast and crew on the show, however, were unanimously broken up about it, with some cast members noting their surprise:
Third season showrunner Erik Oleson has not yet posted his reactions on social media as of publication.
But, while this is a time for sadness, there’s also plenty of potential that’s now been set free. Looking to the future of Daredevil, “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,” according to a statement by Netflix.
Some speculate that this means that Daredevil will hop over to Disney+, though Deadline reports that a film with the character seems “unlikely.” Marvel itself was equally vague about the characters' future, but noted in a statement that the company looks "forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future."
With no Season 4 in sight, those associated with the Netflix show will now be working behind the scenes with the string-pullers at Disney+ to make sure fans of all the canceled Defenders get exactly what they need.