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Why "Marvel's Daredevil" Has Been Cancelled

Dardevil (Charlie Cox); Source: Marvel/Netflix
On Netflix, Daredevil has fought the Kingpin, ninjas, Bullseye, and the Punisher but it turns out the enemy that finally killed him was Disney. On November 29, Netflix announced that its original series Daredevil has been cancelled and will not have a fourth season.

A Netflix spokesman said 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 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."

Sadly, this isn't the latest casualty in Netflix’s Defenders universe. Luke Cage and Iron Fist have already been cancelled, leaving Jessica Jones as the only one remaining. There's no confirmation that the third season of Jessica Jones is coming, so that might be the next axe to fall.

But why? Why would Netflix cancel a critically acclaimed and successful series like Daredevil? While this hasn't been confirmed by Marvel Television, Netflix, or ABC Studios, it's widely believed Disney is pulling back the rights to the series in order to prepare for its own series on its new streaming service, Disney+. Since Disney+ will be a direct competitor to Netflix, it makes sense to have its Marvel crown jewels under one roof.

There seems to be a confirmation of this in the press release where it says Daredevil will live on in "future projects for Marvel." However, it's doubtful that Marvel will be taking the cast and crew from Netflix, so it looks like we've seen the last of Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Mike Colter as Cage.

[Via Variety]

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