Will Disney Pick Up ‘Daredevil’ After Netflix Canceled It?

To the disappointment of long-time fans, Netflix and Marvel announced that Daredevil and two of its other shows were coming to an end.

Daredevil was the first of several Marvel shows Netflix would produce over a span of three years. The company announced that the show’s third season would be its last on the streaming service — but it might not be the end for its title character.

Why did Netflix cancel Daredevil and its other Marvel shows?

Netflix announced in November 2018 that it had canceled Daredevil after three seasons. But this came as no surprise to fans of the other Marvel shows the company produced.

The company had already announced it was done making new episodes of shows such as Iron Fist, Defenders, and Luke Cage — two of which released their second seasons this year.

It has yet to cancel The Punisher and Jessica Jones, since both will release their final seasons in 2019 to conclude Marvel’s run of shows on the streaming service.

Why so many sudden cancelations? They may not have been as sudden as they seemed.

Disney is releasing its own streaming service in 2019, and there are already new Marvel shows planned exclusively for that service. As Forbes points out, any Marvel show that would have been produced by Netflix at the same time would have been a marketing nightmare.

Disney doesn’t want a Marvel show to draw people away from its service. So it’s preventing that problem by not allowing Netflix to produce or provide anything that would make a potential subscriber choose Netflix over Disney+.

Is Daredevil leaving Netflix?

Netflix assured worried fans that the three-season show would remain on the platform, just as other Netflix-exclusive shows that have been canceled.

Because Daredevil and the other Marvel shows are Netflix properties, there aren’t any licensing deals preventing the platform from keeping older episodes of a show available forever.

Disney is pulling its content from the platform — for example, you won’t be able to watch Moana or Lilo & Stitch on Netflix when that happens. But this doesn’t affect the shows that Netflix paid for — at least, not the ones that already exist.

Will Daredevil move to Disney’s streaming service?

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on Daredevil

Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on Daredevil | Netflix

Netflix and Disney have had a long-standing agreement that a number of movies and shows owned by the latter company could rotate through the streaming platform’s long list of available titles. It looks like this partnership will officially end in 2019.

Sometime next year, Disney will officially launch its own separate streaming service, Disney+ — and with it, other Marvel properties exclusive to subscribers.

Will shows like Daredevil make the leap from Netflix to Disney+? It’s possible — but maybe not as direct continuations of the shows that originally premiered on the original platform.

In a statement following the cancellation announcement, Marvel wrote:

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.

This “future” could mean Daredevil will attempt to pick up where it left off after Season 3. It could mean another show featuring Daredevil as a main character will drop. It’s also possible he could appear in other upcoming Marvel shows. We don’t know for sure.

In the meantime, if you haven’t seen the final season yet, give it a go. It’s arguably the best one of the three.