Fans in Uproar as Netflix Cancels Daredevil
Netflix cancels Daredevil in another shock exit for a Marvel show on the platform. It’s been announced that Daredevil won’t be returning to Netflix for a fourth season. This comes after the recent spate of cancellations made by the streaming giant, including Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Daredevil is known to be one of Marvel’s most successful shows on Netflix, so the reasons behind the cancellation seem very suspect.
The news comes out of a Deadline article, who released a statement detailing the situation.
“Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix, 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.”
The third season of Daredevil is often considered its best, and a big step up from the lows of season 2. Fans are distraught by the news, especially as the show seemed safe from cancellation.
“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”
The Rise of Rival Streaming Platforms
It’s no secret that Disney are launching their own streaming service, called Disney+. The platform will be home to shows including The Mandalorian and a Loki series. Now, however, there’s a lot of chatter about whether Disney are cancelling their shows on Netflix as a strategy to improve their service. Daredevil has always received good ratings and a high viewership. The cancellation straight after the season 3 launch seems strange as well.
The relationship between Disney and Netflix appears highly strained at the moment. Furthermore the announcement has come out of nowhere, surprising actors and fans alike. Charlie Cox is said to have had no idea about the state of affairs and Vincent D’Onofrio even recently tweeted about season 4 of Daredevil.
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— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 13, 2018
Are Consumers Being Forced Away?
This leaves Netflix with two Marvel shows left on the platform – The Punisher and Jessica Jones – but surely it’s only a matter of time before we see a departure for them as well. The truth is that times are changing in the streaming world. Everybody wants to grab a piece of the Netflix pie, with new platforms popping up left, right and centre. Although this technically leads to more competition, it also forces fans to fork out more and more money on a monthly basis for subscription costs.
This brings up another big issues for these companies trying to cash in on consumers. Before the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, illegally downloading content on the internet was rife. But it turns out the convenience and cheap price of services like Netflix drew people away from torrenting. Now though, we are seeing the rise of consumers being pushed back towards piracy. This excellent Motherboard article details the shift that’s currently occurring.
Disney+ isn’t the only new streamer on the horizon – Apple has got big plans for a service named Apple TV, which they aim to launch soon. It seems that these companies need to start watching their step, and putting the affordability of their services first. If they aren’t careful, more and more people will decide that their shows simply aren’t worth the price. Only time will tell.