Netflix has officially announced it is not going to renew Marvel’s superhero drama series Daredevil after season 3. Launched in 2015, Daredevil was the first of five Marvel shows to premiere on Netflix. It follows Iron Fist and Luke Cage which got canceled last month.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” Netflix said in a statement 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.”
The statement went on to thank showrunner Erik Oleson as well as the show’s cast and crew members including Charlie Cox who portrays the titular character. Although the show has been canceled, the door has been left wide open for the Daredevil character who will remain alive in future Marvel projects.
“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,” the statement read.
The announcement comes just two weeks after showrunner Erik Oleson pitched season four of Daredevil to Netflix and Marvel executives. He revealed the same on Twitter.
After the cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and now Daredevil, there’s only two Marvel series- Jessica Jones and The Punisher- that will continue to run on Netflix.
Notably, the Deadline report cites a few reasons behind Daredevils’ cancellation. As per the report, Luke Cage’s surprise cancellation strained relations between Netflix and Marvel TV. It also mentions creative differences between the two companies in terms of the show’s budget.
Furthermore, the report reveals that Netflix and Marvel TV did not agree on season orders and episode numbers. While the streaming giant had been pushing Marvel to restrict the episode number to 10 instead of 13, the latter had been resisting to it.
Some new Marvel series will launch on Disney’s standalone streaming service, Disney+, in 2019.
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) November 30, 2018
I’m so sad that we won’t be continuing this story. Mostly I’ll miss seeing the friends I’ve made everyday. 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 pic.twitter.com/aVmXu1UwFu
— Deborah Ann Woll (@DeborahAnnWoll) November 30, 2018
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