It’s really a troubling time to be a Marvel fan right now with all the changes that will take place. After Avengers: Infinity War we are pretty much left speculating about the future of the MCU characters and who will actually survive Thanos. Now, with Daredevil canceled at Netflix after season 3, we can’t help but fear that the same fate awaits the last two standing shows: The Punisher and Jessica Jones.
“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,” says the official statement by Netflix. “We’re thankful to showrunner Erik Oleson, the show’s writers, stellar crew and an 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.”
Now, while this is unwanted news, we can’t say we are surprised. After all, Netflix already canceled Iron Fist and Luke Cage last month which left many predicting the same fate to other shows the company made in cooperation with Marvel. Fans even started petitioning for the season four a few days ago when Netflix still had to announce their decision on the show.
On the other hand, these cancelations are something that comes out from the already strained relationship between Netflix and Marvel TV. Not only that sources report creative differences, but also Disney’s announcement to start its own streaming channel may have a lot to do with this decision. After all, Disney allegedly intends to withdraw all its properties from Netflix next year and stream them exclusively through its service. Consequently, since Netflix doesn’t own the properties, the whole ordeal with Marvel shows has started to be costly especially when the company has its own shows and movies to produce.
However, Marvel has also issued a statement regarding the cancellation of Daredevil and it had something else to say that may bring hope to the fans.
“We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future,” said Marvel on Friday and only hours after cancellation.
And that sounds similar to what Netflix said in their statement with “the Daredevil character will live on in future projects for Marvel.” This may mean that Daredevil will appear in the Punisher or Jessica Jones which wouldn’t be unusual since after all, they were all part of the already canceled Defenders. Or, maybe Marvel will continue the series on their own specifically for Disney+ streaming service. Currently, we know that Loki and Scarlet Witch shows are in the works, so adding Daredevil and potentially other shows wouldn’t be a surprise.
None of this is confirmed nor did both companies had anything more to say that they already did. But the actors from the show took their reactions to Twitter and it’s apparent they really cared about the show and would probably come back if Marvel decides to continue where Netflix stopped.
First cast member to come to Twitter with a reaction to the cancellation was Deborah Ann Woll who played Karen Paige:
“I’m so sad that we won’t be continuing this story. Mostly I’ll miss seeing the friends I’ve made every day. Thank you to every person who contributed to this series over the years. And to @erikoleson because of you, we are going out on a high. @Daredevil #Daredevil”
“@Daredevil @netflix canceled. Yet Daredevil is still out there blood stained high up poised in the moonlight. Movement below him on the street. A flash of white moving through the sea of darkness Hell’s Kitchen. This image folds into a black suburban screeching into the night,” says Twitter post by Vincent D’Onofrio who played Kingpin on the show.
From now on, all we can do is wait and see what fate awaits Jessica Jones and Punisher, as well as will there be any future for Defenders’ member at the Disney+ service, or Marvel TV.