Netflix has cancelled Daredevil, the superhero series that kickstarted the streaming service’s partnership with Marvel.
Daredevil is the third Marvel series to get the chop in eight weeks. It was the highest rated and probably most popular of Marvel’s series, so if it isn’t safe, the rest of the series don’t stand a chance.
This follows the cancellation of Iron Fist and the Marvel crossover series The Defenders. Which leaves Netflix with just The Punisher and Jessica Jones remaining. Both of which are surely on borrowed time.
It’s hardly surprising. Marvel is owned by Disney, which next year will launch its own streaming service, Disney+. This is intended as a rival to Netflix, and will undercut it on the price front. Disney undoubtedly wants to either relaunch these series on its own platform, or at least deny its main competitor some of its hottest superhero properties.
Disney+ will launch with the first ever live-action Star Wars series, as well as a boatload of other original content.