It looks like Marvel‘s reign at Netflix is coming to an end as Daredevil won’t be getting a fourth season at the streaming service.
The show is the latest Marvel live action Netflix series to be cancelled after Luke Cage and Iron First weren’t renewed last month due to ratings and other behind the scenes drama.
This leaves the future of Marvel’s live action televisions hows in question. It’s expected some of these will wind up on the new Disney digital service Disney+ or some characters will be combined into a single series for example Heroes for Hire for Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Netflix said in a statement:
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.
For now, the upcoming new seasons of Jessica Jones and The Punisher are still scheduled to run on Netflix but it’s clear relations between Marvel and Netflix are strained and the deal between the two isn’t as favorable, aka profitable, for Netflix as others. There’s also Netflix’s focus on smaller seasons. The initial seasons of Marvel’s Netflix shows all had 13 episodes while Netflix has shifted to 10 episode seasons. That is also rumored to be a factor that has led to issues between the two companies. Add in a rotation of showrunners, it’s clear the behind the scenes reality of these shows may have been more dramatic and entertaining than what has been on the screens.