The streaming giant has canceled Daredevil — the first of its Marvel shows to premiere on the platform — after three seasons. The drama starring Charlie Cox is the third Marvel series to be canceled at Netflix in recent weeks, joining Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Only Jessica Jones and The Punisher remain on Netflix as its Marvel relationship continues to sour. The move comes nearly two weeks after showrunner Erik Oleson pitched season four of Daredevil to Netflix and Marvel execs.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” Netflix said Thursday in a statement. “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.”
The cancellation arrives as Marvel corporate parent Disney is launching its own Netflix rival, Disney+. That direct-to-consumer service will feature a roster of high-profile Marvel series, including one centered on Loki, the god of mischief, starring Tom Hiddleston. Disney previously announced plans to pull all of its Marvel feature films from Netflix and exclusively house them on Disney+. (Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy are currently streaming on Netflix — for now.) Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the remaining Marvel TV series on Netflix — Jessica Jones and Daredevil spinoff The Punisher — will remain on the streamer until they run their course, per the companies’ original five-show deal (which included since canceled Luke Cage, Iron Fist and mashup miniseries The Defenders).