Daredevil: No season 4 for popular Marvel series on Netflix


Netflix has officially pulled the plug on Marvel’s Daredevil.

According to Deadline, the streaming service has opted not to move forward with a fourth season of the hit series. The news came as a shock to Daredevil fans who were hoping the show’s popularity would help it earn a renewal. However, Marvel was quick to address Netflix’s decision with the promise of more story to come.

The cancellation might have surprised most fans, but others were preparing for the worst. After Iron Fist and Luke Cage got the ax, people began speculating the collaboration between Netflix and Marvel had come to an end. With Disney planning to build up both Hulu and their streaming service, it seemed inevitable the partnership wouldn’t last.

Netflix’s statement to Deadline acknowledged the critical acclaim the third season garnered. As they say, if this is the end of Daredevil, it got a strong conclusion.

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"“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."

However, the streamer also added this might not be the end of Matt Murdock’s adventures. While these three seasons will stay on Netflix, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen could appear in other projects.

"“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.”"

In a long statement from Marvel, the company thanked the cast and alluded to the possibility of seeing the characters continue to pop up in the universe. While Daredevil seems a little dark for Disney+, it’s possible some version of the show could move over to Hulu. Many have speculated Hulu will be Disney’s go-to service for any mature shows. Considering this fanbase has been passionate and loyal, Disney will undoubtedly consider ways to continue the series.

"Marvel is extremely grateful to the huge audience that loved Marvel’s Daredevil. From the moment of young Matt’s first act of heroism to the birth of Page, Murdock, & Nelson, it has been a unbelievable journey. We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D’Onofrio and our casts who brought our characters to life with such excellence, and every one of the fantastic crews in NYC. We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future."

Shortly after the show was canceled, the official Twitter account for Daredevil tweeted out a photo which many took as a hint for more adventures to come.

There has been no word on what reasoning went into Netflix’s decision to cancel the series. However, many have guessed it was due to a myriad of disagreements. As mentioned above, Disney’s impending move to their own services was probably a factor. However, Luke Cage fell apart because of disagreements regarding episode orders which could have been a problem as well. The cost of producing the Marvel/Netflix shows and shooting them in New York City most likely wasn’t appealing to the streaming service with an already large roster of series.

How will the cancellation effect Netflix? Social media has been set ablaze with many Marvel fans threatening to end their subscription now that Daredevil has ended, with others claiming they will wait out until Jessica Jones and The Punisher air. The streaming service has had recent successes like The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to power them through, however, they’ve also had difficulty getting some long-running originals trending. Most notably, House of Cards and Making a Murderer had shockingly soft premieres on Twitter compared to past seasons.

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The truth is, we won’t know the long-term ramifications (if there will even be any) of Netflix canceling the Marvel series. In the age of streaming services, it seems like everyone is desperate to get their hands on titles with a built-in fanbase. When Disney+ launches, we’ll see if Netflix has some serious competition to contend with.

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