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Netflix Passes on Daredevil Season 4

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.

(via Deadline)

The One:12 Collective Daredevil is Available for Preorder

Matt Murdock is the Daredevil; lawyer by day, vigilante by night. The One:12 Collective Daredevil features two interchangeable head portraits capturing Matt Murdock’s unforgiving nature as portrayed by Charlie Cox. Outfitted in the body armor used in the show, the Man Without Fear comes complete with his signature Billy Clubs that can be used separately or joined together. Both Billy Clubs fit neatly into the holster on his thigh.

Blinded by a chemical spill in a freak accident, Matt Murdock was given superhuman senses that enable him to see the world in a unique way. Upholding the law through the judicial system during the day at night Murdock stalks the streets of Hell’s Kitchen delivering vigilante justice as Daredevil, the Man Without Fear.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE DAREDEVIL FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation
  • Two (2) head portraits
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Six (6) interchangeable hands
    • One (1) pair of fists (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of Billy Club holding hands (L&R)
    • One (1) pair of posing hands (L&R)

 COSTUME:

  • Fitted suit with body armor detail
  • Combat gloves
  • Thigh holster for Billy Clubs
  • Mid-calf work boots

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) set of Billy Clubs
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Daredevil figure is packaged in a collector friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Daredevil is available for pre-order at Mezco Toyz.

Super Statue from the Offices of Matt Murdoch

While we can’t give you legal advice, we can advise you to spend time with the Marvel Gallery Netflix Daredevil Statue. Law professional Matt Murdoch takes to the streets by night to stop crime, organized and otherwise. This not-quite-1:6-scale statue brings you Netflix‘s own Charlie Cox Daredevil costume on an awesome rooftop base, with exquisite sculpting that brings the costume to life. Pre-order yours to defend Hell’s Kitchen!

 

 

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TV Review: Daredevil S2E13 A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen

Daredevil Season 2 3In the season finale, Daredevil is back into the ultimate showdown for his own life – and the future of Hell’s Kitchen

Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil‘s finale brings a lot together with a very nice cameo from Jessica Jones to kick things off, and also hinting at what’s to come.

The Hand has set a trap to draw out both Daredevil and Elektra, and for once, things feel a bit more like I’d expect from comics. In battles with the Hand, Daredevil faces what feels like endless streams of hundreds of clad ninjas.

The trap that’s set makes sense in a simplistic way, though you wonder why the Hand isn’t just tracking down the two. That’s only part of my issue with the finale. There’s a scene involving sawing an ankle off that just seems to be forgotten. Daredevil and Elektra seem to have a lot of trouble getting out of a building with lots of windows. Then there’s also the whole death scene pause, as if bad guys will just pause in their fight. Then there’s Nobu’s fate. The guy survived fire!? Daredevil isn’t going to go check on him. Luckily he at least has some help in that department… there can be only one.

The final episode takes a Batman tone both in fighting, style, coloring, and even the music. Daredevil Rises? Daredevil Begins? It’s not bad, and the first season did this at times too, but here I think it’s most pronounced.

So many questions unanswered, so many plot holes left open and things unexplained, but that’s a post for another day.

I will say, the episode ends in a pretty solid way with Foggy and Karen at Josie’s, Karen working on her story about Frank Castle. Matt’s reveal to Karen. And the Hand grabbing Elektra!

Season 2 was rather uneven, but season 3 is looking exciting!

Overall rating: 7.05

TV Review: Daredevil S2E12 The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Daredevil Season 2 3Daredevil foes underground to save an old friend. Karen follows a dangerous lead. The law firm of Nelson & Murdock may have reached its final chapter.

Twelve episodes into this season, and whatever number since it was mentioned in the first season Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil finally reveals who Black Sky is.

The episode follows to tracks, the first being Elektra seeking vengeance against Stick who sent an assassin to try to kill her. The second part is Karen deciding what to do as far as her story concerning the Punisher.

Both are pretty decent in how things are coming together. The Punisher side of the story is a bit more grounded in the possibility of it happening and feels like it was taken from real history. The satisfaction really is the end of the episode and the discovery Frank makes. It’s an interesting twist and will likely have comic fans smirking and excited where things might go for the character who is the freshest addition this season.

The story of Daredevil/the Hand/Stick/and Elektra really comes together bouncing back and forth between the past and present to explain where things are at. It feels very “comic book” in the plot with twists and turns that defy logic and rather over the top in the connect the dots sort of way. You also just outright question why the Hand didn’t approach Black Sky long ago since they clearly know who it is.

Out of the two plots this season, one is much stronger than the other, continuing the uneven feel of episodes. The action and visuals are top notch, it’s the plot that has much to be desired. Still, it’s entertaining, and with one episode to go, this should be a fun conclusion.

Overall rating: 7.35

TV Review: Daredevil S2E11 .380

Daredevil Season 2 3The Punisher’s war continues, and so does the body count in Hell’s Kitchen. Murdock tries to finish what the DA started.

Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil focuses in on the mysterious Blacksmith as both Daredevil and the Punisher do what each need to do to find the man (or maybe a woman) behind all the troubles.

It’s interesting how each eventually gets to the location and their rather obvious eventual team-up we all knew would come (at least if you read comics that’s the usual arc).

But, to me, the more interesting aspect is Claire’s story and all of the death’s in the hospital. It all feels like that’s the more interesting nad bigger mystery of the series.

The episode emphasizes that when the series focuses on the small instead of the large, it feels like it does better, even when the focus is some fantastical plot.

The action at moments feels a little over the top, but the general direction is much better than previous episodes.

As the series is heading towards its conclusion, things are generally coming together as expected, and it’s more interesting to see how they’re doing that instead of what they’re actually doing.

Overall rating: 7.15

TV Review: Daredevil S2E10 The Man in the Box

Daredevil Season 2 3Murdock and Foggy get caught in the crossfire of the Punisher’s revenge. Karen and Murdock dig for the truth in very different ways.

Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil has a standout performance on Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle, but this episode gives him a run for his money in Vincent D’Onofrio who has a series stealing scene in this episode. The combo emphasizes a habit of Marvel live properties where the villains are much more interesting than the heroes trying to stop them.

The episode has the Punisher on the loose gunning for individuals and the conspiracy begins to get clearer and more muddied at the same time.

While the episode isn’t quite as action packed as earlier ones, there’s still plenty to get the blood pumping. At the same time, the episode also slows things down a little bit as there’s reflection by Murdock about what’s going on and how he needs to stop the Hand.

Elektra also makes an appearance, again with a sequence that just doesn’t make a lot of sense and just feels out of place. It emphasizes to me how her character’s development just doesn’t feel right. It does give comic fans some fun with a certain iconic weapon of hers making an appearance. It does feel a bit better when a fight ends (what is it with this season having fights at the end!?) and reveal is made, but still.

And that ending? What the hell!? Some Children of the Corn stuff going on.

Overall rating: 7.15

TV Review: Daredevil S2E9 Seven Minutes in Heaven

Daredevil Season 2 3Castle gets an offer he can’t refuse. Foggy and Murdock question the future of their firm, but Karen won’t give up so easily.

Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil gets rid of some of what I thought was dragging it down and instead focuses on the Punisher in prison and Daredevil going solo to figure out what the Hand’s plan is.

The Punisher’s storyline is the most interesting thing as it puts him in prison but also has him dealing with Wilson Fisk, a nice twist that really brings together the first and second season. It’s a solid addition that really makes things flow well between the two and makes sense in the big picture narrative. It’s grounded in many ways other things are not this season, showing off an issue the season is having.

Then there’s Matt’s dealing with the Hand which gets into some more really weird stuff. The Hand aspect is so-so, though still a bit early in the solo adventure aspect to really judge. But it ends yet another episode with a fight, as if there was no other idea in how to end episodes.

A better episode, but not nearly as consistent as the first four. It’s better, but still not great.

Overall rating: 7.65

TV Review: Daredevil S2E8 Guilty as Sin

Daredevil Season 2 3As the firm’s trial spins out of control, a figure from Murdock’s past returns to deliver shocking revelations about the future of Hell’s Kitchen.

Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil dives a bit deeper into the more fantasy elements of the Daredevil myth as the Hand are formally introduced into the world, and there’s references back to season one and the weapon Black Sky. Black Sky was the weapon Stick wanted to stop, and was maybe a kid.

This episode sees the return of Stick and diving deeper into that aspect of the Daredevil television show. There’s some good, but the revelations seem a bit weird in a series that has up to this point been rather grounded.

It also reveals a lot about Elektra with a background that’s rather different from the various origins from the comic series. Though I’m not sure how I feel about it, it’s at least somewhat coherent, though rather odd in the bigger scheme of things. It feels rather grand conspiracy and silly when you think about it.

The episode shines as have past episodes when it comes to the trial of Frank Castle. The series would absolutely be stronger with focusing on just that.

But, the case seems to be a way to force the issue of Matt’s personal and extracurricular life. And choices he makes (as well as Elektra) feel odd, forced, and don’t make sense based on statements and actions in previous episodes.

The episode also ends with another fight, the third (or is it fourth) episode to do so. That fight also leads to Elektra showing her psychotic side, which goes to the above that it makes no sense as to Matt’s earlier statements.

Overall rating: 6.7

TV Review: Daredevil S2E7 Semper Fidelis

Daredevil Season 2 3Murdock and Foggy take on the DA in the trial of the century, but their client refuses to play along. Murdock struggles to balance his dual identities.

As choreographed in the last episode Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil is looking to explore the balance in Matt’s dual lives. The episode mainly focuses on the preparation of the trial of the Punisher but also sees Daredevil and Elektra taking on the Yakuza.

Things continue the way of the last few episodes in that the trail is the stronger part of the two focuses with Elektra being the one that’s dragging things down.

What I think is slightly rubbing me the wrong way about Elektra is she feels like Nyssa from Arrow. Almost like we’ve seen her before and her twisted worldview hasn’t yet really been explained, making it feel really shallow. Though there is the possibility that could simply be it.

While her and Daredevil’s taking on the Yakuza could be interesting on its own, but the dual storylines just feel like a real mismatch and the tones really don’t compliment each other.

Jon Bernthal’s performance as Frank Castle again really stands out as his quick glances and looks and so much that words can’t say.

The second season so far is very entertaining, but there’s something missing, or maybe there’s just too much attempted. On it’s own it’s good and fun, but as a sequel, it’s starting to feel like it’s a less quality follow up.

Overall rating: 7.7

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