After the not-entirely-surprising cancellation of Netflix’s Daredevil, Marvel steps in with an official statement, hinting that the Man Without Fear’s adventures are far from over. The news that the show would not continue on to a fourth season on Netflix was at least partially expected, given how Luke Cage and Iron Fist were already given their respective walking papers, as the streaming giant prepares to shore up its original offerings in advance of Marvel’s parent company debuting its own direct-to-consumer streaming service, Disney+. That effort will have lasting ramifications on the television side of Marvel’s live-action universe, leaving audiences with questions regarding the future of characters like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and, of course, Jessica Jones and the Punisher.
The latter two have their third and second seasons, respectively, on the horizon, and given the way the wind is blowing, with regard to Marvel and Netflix’s partnership, it’s a good bet those seasons will serve as the final ones for both series. But while the collaboration between the House of Ideas and the streaming giant looks to be headed toward its own definitive conclusion, the former isn’t ready to call it quits when it comes to the future of Daredevil.
That’s not to say Marvel has revealed any specific plans for the character, following his series’ cancellation, but the company made it clear that Matt Murdock has a future… somewhere. Whether that means on Disney+ or in theaters or something else entirely is unclear, but perhaps fans can take comfort in the company’s vague assurances it doesn't plan to shelve the character permanently. Check out Marvel’s official statement as posted on the company’s website:
“Marvel is extremely grateful to the huge audience that loved Marvel's Daredevil. From the moment of young Matt’s first act of heroism to the birth of Page, Murdock, & Nelson, it has been a unbelievable journey. We are incredibly proud of the amazing showrunners and writers starting with Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie and Erik Oleson, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Vincent D'Onofrio and our casts who brought our characters to life with such excellence, and every one of the fantastic crews in NYC. We look forward to more adventures with the Man without Fear in the future.”
One of the biggest questions right now is, should a live-action Daredevil continue, what form will it take? Now that it’s off Netflix, will Disney want to reboot the character again, to better fit with its overall plans for the MCU and its upcoming streaming service, or will it chose to pick up where it left off, with Matt, Karen, and Foggy renewing their partnership and beginning anew? Time will only tell, with regard to what's next for the Hero or Hell's Kitchen.
Daredevil seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Netflix.