After three seasons and 39 episodes, Daredevil has been cancelled by Netflix, along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Charlie Cox, who played Matt Murdock in Daredevil and The Defenders, has now discussed the experience of getting cancelled and the feelings that inevitably go with it.
Daredevil premiered on Netflix back in 2015, seeming to usher in an exciting age of collaboration between Marvel and the hugely popular streaming service. Cox’s performance was at the heart of the show, and the success of the series was used as a springboard to bring other such series to life.
But now, times seem to have changed, and a lot of Marvel’s Netflix shows have been cancelled. Jessica Jones and The Punisher are the only ones still going, and some fans feel it’s only a matter of time until they get the chop too.
So far, Daredevil‘s cancellation has come as the biggest shock of the lot. Here’s what Charlie Cox said to Entertainment Weekly about it:
“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did. The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that. It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again. That’s a bizarre feeling, because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”
The show’s fans, of course, are hoping that the show can live on elsewhere. While the cancellations have been coming thick and fast at Netflix, Disney has announced its own streaming service (called Disney Plus), which is expected to launch next year and feature new Marvel shows: they’ve announced that series are in development about Loki, Scarlet Witch, and the duo of Bucky and Falcon.
Here’s hoping that they Disney can find space for Daredevil and his chums on their new streaming service, too. We’ll just have to wait and see to find out. Right now, it’s unclear whether Marvel is allowed to simply uproot these Defenders shows and relaunch them elsewhere, or if Netflix holds the legal rights.
As we hear more, though, we’ll be sure to let you know.