Marvel and Netflix have rammed the billy club of cancellation through Daredevil’s skull. This is no bad thing.
They tied everything up with a bow at the end of the last season. (Spoilers) Murdock had come full circle with DD, they’d got the Nelson & Murdock (& Page) band back together. Even that little Bullseye tease at the end it felt resolved - they’d shown us the hyper-kinetic fight scene pay-off, even if was without the cheesy costumes..
Same can’t be said of Iron Fist and Luke Cage which left their respective protagonists in some very weird places - both could have used another season to wrap it all up.
(And I’d pay good money for a Daughters of the Dragon show, too.)
The reason all the Marvel Netflix shows are being rapidly shuttered is (probably) Disney wants to get the characters back to the castle to use on their impending Disney+ streaming service. Note that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for another season before the incoming (delayed because of Avengers 4) season has aired. The ratings have been so-so on (Disney-owned) ABC, but it does tie much more closely into the MCU canon than the Netflix shows do, and Disney own everything in that scenario - no rights issues.
And lets not forget The Snappening. Marvel are rebooting the MCU with the next Avengers film, so it’s the best opportunity they’ll have for a few years to reset these characters (in canon) to much less bloody PG versions.
I’m fine with that under the following conditions:
- Keep the actors, particularly the DD and JJ lot. The vast majority of the casting on these shows has been amazing.
- If we’re getting Loki on TV I want the Punisher in Avengers 4.
- We get to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fight Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin. Just. Once.
That is all.
Image - cover of Daredevil End Of Days, Marvel Comics.
Posted Friday, November 30, 2018.