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Netflix cancels Daredevil after three seasons

Daredevil Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

STREAMING giant Netflix has cancelled the critically-acclaimed Daredevil after three seasons.

The drama, starring Charlie Cox, was the first of its Marvel shows to premiere on the platform and its success paved the way for the likes of The Punisher, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. It is now the third Marvel series to be cancelled at Netflix in recent weeks, joining Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

Only Jessica Jones and The Punisher remain on Netflix as its relationship with Marvel seems to be increasingly strained.

Ironically, the move comes nearly two weeks after showrunner Erik Oleson pitched season four of Daredevil to Netflix and Marvel execs.

In a statement released on Thursday, Netflix said: “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.

“We’re thankful to our partners at Marvel, 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.”

The cancellations of the three Marvel series comes at the same time as its corporate parent, Disney, is launching its own Netflix rival, Disney+, which will feature a roster of high-profile Marvel series, including one focused on Loki, the god of mischief, starring Tom Hiddleston.

Disney has previously announced plans to pull all of its Marvel feature films from Netflix and exclusively house them on Disney+, which means Netflix subscribers will no longer be able to watch the likes of Black Panther, Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy, which are al currently streaming on Netflix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the remaining Marvel TV series on Netflix — Jessica Jones and Daredevil spin-off The Punisher — will remain on the streamer until they run their course, per the companies’ original five-show deal.

In a counter statement released the day after Netflix’s announcement, Marvel said: “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 and Nelson, it has been an unbelievable journey.

“We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with [exec producers] Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, [stars] 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.”

Needless to say, that statement has fuelled speculation that Cox’s character could yet still show up in season two of The Punisher or whether the series could be revived on Disney+ – although the latter seems unlikely given that Disney+ is intended to be more family friendly than the Netflix drama, which was geared towards more adult audiences.

Showrunner Oleson also responded to the cancellation on Friday in a Twitter thread thanking the cast, crew and fans of Daredevil. He did not address Marvel’s statement.