Today it was announced at Deadline that the Netflix Marvel show Daredevil has been canceled. The company issued 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 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.”
This cancellation follows shortly on the heels of the cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage in October. It is unknown at this time the reason for the cancellation, though it is likely the underperformance of the season had a hand. Netflix’s handling of the seasons of each TV series may have also lead to the cancellations. Where in 2015 to 2017, the seasons were given breathing room, in 2018 each released season of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil happened in 1-3 months.
In retrospect, this shift in release dates suggests the company did not have as much faith in the properties as we were lead to believe. If so, this spells doom for the upcoming season 3 of Jessica Jones and season 2 of The Punisher.