It's the end of the road for Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox). Netflix has canceled Marvel's Daredevil after three seasons, according to Variety. The cancellation comes after the streaming service axed both Marvel's Iron Fist (not surprising given the show's issues) and Marvel's Luke Cage (also not terribly surprising, to be honest) within a week of each other in October.
But unlike those cancellations, Daredevil's end is rather unfortunate, because the show's recently debuted third season, which saw the return of Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) and the introduction of Bullseye (Wilson Bethel), was met with positive reviews. Still, we probably should have seen this coming.
A Netflix spokesperson said the streaming service felt it was "best to close this chapter on a high note," but if we read between the lines, it appears more likely that Netflix's relationship with Marvel is simply coming to an end because Disney is launching its own streaming service in 2019. A new Marvel limited series featuring Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as fan favorite character Loki is already confirmed for the new service, known as Disney+. Meanwhile, Disney has already begun pulling its Marvel films from Netflix. You can still stream Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2and Doctor Strange (and beginning next month, Avengers: Infinity War), but the deals on those will eventually expire too.
So while there are still two more seasons of Marvel shows coming to Netflix in the future, Season 2 of The Punisher and Season 3 of Jessica Jones, let's go ahead and start preparing ourselves for their eventual cancellations, too. It's probably only a matter of time.