SPOILER ALERT: If you have NOT finished ‘Daredevil’ Season Three on Netflix, you may wish to turn back if you don’t want to read any SPOILERS!
‘Daredevil’ got a new showrunner for its just-released third season, Erik Oleson. And while ‘Daredevil’ has been a hit since it debuted on Netflix in 2015, the recent cancellations of ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Luke Cage’ may indicate that the streaming service is turning its attention away from the Marvel shows.
Prior to the announcement of the cancellation of ‘Luke Cage’, Oleson spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of a fourth season of ‘Daredevil’ and he expressed that he was “hopeful” that the show would continue and that he would remain involved.
In response to a question regarding the final shot of the new season, in which a bullseye appears in the eye of FBI Agent Ben “Dex” Poindexter, Oleson stated:
“I’m not allowed to answer that question, I’m afraid. Let’s just say we have now seen the origin of Bullseye, and there are many, many stories yet to tell with this cast of characters. Whether Season 4 goes in that direction or another, Bullseye will be living and breathing in this world because we’ve now seen how he has been created.
“I can tell you that I’m very hopeful to go do a Season 4. There has not yet been any kind of an official pick-up, but if there is, I’m very hopeful that I will be a part of it.
“All I will say is that there is a reason I ended the season the way I ended it. There are more stories to tell with all of these characters, but at the very end, I also didn’t want to forever damn Matt’s soul by making him a killer, even though he comes as close to that as he ever has. So, I think let’s see whether or not I get to do more of these seasons.”
The big question is will he– or anyone for that matter– get that opportunity? The first season of ‘Iron Fist’ was received poorly, but the show made a vast improvement in Season Two, but it is easy to buy that it was too little too late. On the other hand, ‘Luke Cage’ was a solid performer. (Or so we think. Netflix doesn’t make their streaming numbers public.) It was cancelled due to “creative differences.”
Disney, which owns Marvel, is launching its own streaming service, Disney Play and will be yanking most of their content from Netflix when that happens. But Netflix has attested that their original Marvel shows, which also include ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’, were not going anywhere. The fact that Disney Play is for all-ages and aimed at families would support that, as the original Marvel Netflix series are decidedly not for kids. But is it possible that Netflix is axing these series out of spite? Or are they hoping to shift their superhero content over to projects that they own 100%? (Keep in mind, they own Mark Millar’s Millarworld brand, so some super content could emerge from that.)
At this point, anything is possible. There are still additional seasons of ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ on the way. ‘Daredevil”s third season was just released, so there may be a wait until we learn whether or not it has a future on Netflix.
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