The writing seems to be on the wall that we’re looking at the end of the Marvel/Netflix shows. Netflix has announced via Deadline that they’ve also canceled Daredevil after three seasons and won’t be pursuing a fourth, despite a recent pitch made by showrunner Erik Oleson.
“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 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.”
Netflix previously canceled Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and confirmed they wouldn’t make a second season of The Defenders. If Daredevil couldn’t be spared I wouldn’t imagine that Jessica Jones and The Punisher will survive either. Punisher will have a second season and Jones it’s third, but these cancellations suggest that Netflix and Marvel Television are wrapping things up.
I know Deadline and fans are under the impression they’ll make the jump to Disney+, but Bob Iger has stated he doesn’t want mature content on the family-friendly service. I’m not terribly sure that people are going to want to see the series scaled-back to a PG-13. Hulu and FX would make more sense for the mature nature of that universe.
However, Netflix made the statement that Marvel still has future plans for the character. They don’t explain what those projects could be.
“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,” Netflix said also.
I’m not entirely sure we’ll see him back in the form of a series as Murdock certainly is a cinematic character that could easily crossover with Black Widow (comic book partner for years) or Spider-Man, like in the comic books. The latter makes a lot of sense as they use Spider-Man villain Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin played by Vincent D’Onofrio, a character we hope to see in future sequels and will be featured in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.
Turning Daredevil into supporting character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Black Widow movies or Spider-Man sequels with or without Charlie Cox in the role makes a lot of sense. Honestly, he’s one of the only Netflix characters that deserve to make the jump to the movies due to his crossover potential.
Fans might need to be open to the idea of recasting Daredevil with another actor for the MCU if that happens, as Kevin Feige would likely want his own actor there.