Well it had to happen. After some amazing television shows, awesome acting and some of the best fight scenes ever put on film Netflix has finally put the final nail into the coffin of a hit show, Daredevil!
The writing was on the wall a few weeks ago when the streaming giant Netflix announced the cancellation of Iron Fist, followed a week later by the shock cancellation of Luke Cage, a show that had been doing quite well and had really good audience reviews and reactions. Today Netflix released a press statement detailed below about it cancelling the hit show.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” the streamer said in a statement tonight to Deadline. “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,”
The news was broken by Deadline earlier this morning and already fans of the show are petitioning for its cancellation to be revoked and the show to continue.
With Jessica Jones and The Punisher the only two of the original Marvel shows left on the streaming service, it is only a matter of time before both of these face the axemans wrath and go their own merry way!
Disney is of course about to launch Disney +, its own dedicated streaming service and it is very likely that this was seen more of a threat by Netflix than the actions of a business partner, and as such it pulled the rug from under the shows before Marvel and Disney took them anyway.
What exactly this means for the future of the shows is still uncertain and Daredevil still remains one of the strongest shows for any Marvel series since its launch three years ago. A second season of The Punisher is due to hit Netflix early in 2019 but as of yet no announcement has been issued concerning either that show or Jessica Jones!
Actors Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/Kingpin) have both been quite vocal on social media about the cancellation and both are very keen to appear in the prime Marvel Cinematic Universe. D’Onofrio stated that he would love to square up against Tom Holland in an upcoming Spider-Man movie, while Cox has hinted at partnering with Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow would be a perfect match. Kingpin, is perhaps best known as a Daredevil villain but began as a enemy of Spider-Man and likewise Daredevil and Black Widow have a very long standing relationship in the comic books, sharing the title for decades, so both of these pairings would be perfectly natural and a welcome addition to the MCU!
It is sad that a show with great fan and critical response alike has been given the axe, but hopefully the characters will live on. Disney + will most likely feature its own shows based around Marvel characters and several have already been announced including a Loki spin off, a show based around Scarlet Witch and a team up show featuring Winter Solider and Falcon! Exactly when these shows will be set has still not been announced but they will be officially cannon to the MCU!
Daredevil season three ended on a high note for the characters, with its three main protagonists each finding their own path and coming to terms with their own destinies and Fisk being incarcerated for his heinous crimes. This closure has softened the blow of the shows demise but still it is a blow none the less.
Daredevil has some of the best fight choreography in television and its dramatic approach to single shot scenes was second to none. With amazing acting from all its principal actors and guests alike, it is little wonder that the show garnered such attention and a huge cult following!
Disney + may pick up where the shows ended and continue their tales within the Marvel universe or chose to recast completely which is something I would dread to happen. Some actors are born to play an iconic role such as Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, or Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and I feel that both Cox and D’Onofrio were not only perfect for their respective roles, but acted as an ideal foil to each other showing great chemistry.
Netflix did state that it has no plans of pulling any of the cancelled shows from its roster for many years to come, but as to what exactly the future holds for both the characters and actors who so wonderfully portray them is uncertain.