Marvel fans were met with so much heartache last week when word broke out that Netflix decided to ax one of its most popular Marvel Netflix series, Daredevil. Fans were already worrying about the fate of Daredevil after Netflix canned Iron Fist and Luke Cage back in October, but unlike the other two comic book television series, Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) show was well-received by both fans and critics. In fact, many were hoping to see Daredevil renewed for a fourth season, including the show's writing team.
Speaking in an interview with io9 Gizmodo,Daredevil writer Tamara Becher-Wilkinson said that even the writing team felt blindsided by the cancellation, admitting that they all believed that the show was just "too big to fail."
"[Showrunner Erik Oleson] got a call asking him to go down to see the Marvel executives, and I jokingly went ‘Ooooooooh,' like a third grader does when someone gets called to a principal's office," Becher-Wilkinson said during the interview"Then, he waited for everybody to gather back in the writers' room and he said, ‘Netflix has decided not to move forward with season four.' And that's all I remember, you know. I kind of missed the details because I was, like, so surprised."
Showrunner Erik Oleson and his team had been busy preparing for season 4, and back in November, he had gone to Netflix to pitch his idea for the next batch of episodes of Daredevil. Fans were excited, with many looking forward to the newest chapter of the series. The third season of Daredevil was pretty well-received, and many were sure that Netflix would renew the series.
"The reviews were so overwhelmingly positive that I thought there was no way they would cancel it. I don't know how well it does on Netflix or anything like that ... [but] it was surprising to me they would cancel something that was so well received," the writer added during her interview with the publication. "I thought it was too big to fail."
Unfortunately, it seems like Daredevil did fail. Hopefully, the series finds itself a new home, possibly in the nest of Disney's upcoming streaming site.
Daredevil season 3 is available for streaming on Netflix.