Back in 2013, Marvel and Netflix came together to launch a new franchise of series starring some of Marvel’s most beloved characters in an ambitious partnership designed to introduce viewers to the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron First which would ultimately pay off via a massive crossover event.
Helping to kick off the franchise was Marvel’s Daredevil, which debuted on Netflix in April 2015 to rave reviews. The series would receive two additional seasons — both of which continued to perform strongly among viewers — before its untimely cancellation in November 2018 which came nearly one month after the release of what would become its third and final season.
Following the show’s cancellation, fans have been actively campaigning for a fourth season; however, due to the souring of Netflix and Marvel’s relationship it looked like that day might never come.
However, in 2021, Marvel surprised viewers when Daredevil stars Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio reprised their roles as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in a pair of Marvel projects. The actors’ involvement in the projects led Daredevil to skyrocket back onto the list of the Top 10 most streamed shows in December 2021, leading to increased speculation over the show’s possible return.
As fans continue to speculate over the future of the characters introduced within the Marvel Netflix shows, it’s looking like Netlfix is officially removing itself from the equation entirely.
Is Daredevil really leaving Netflix?
Despite its status as a Netflix Original, all three seasons of Daredevil are reported to be leaving Netflix on March 1, 2022. The move marks an unheard-of moment for the streaming service, which has traditionally maintained the streaming rights to all of its original programs which remain available to stream even after their cancellations.
Interestingly, Daredevil isn’t the only Marvel show leaving Netflix either.
Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders will all be joining Daredevil in leaving Netflix on March 1, 2022, which will mark one of the biggest Netflix Original purges in Netflix history.
Why is Daredevil leaving Netflix?
At this time, Netflix has not released an official statement regarding the reason for its removal of Daredevil and its entire Marvel Originals catalog. The move to remove the series seems to be the latest effort by Disney to pull back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.
As Disney looks to the future, the company has expressed an interest in revisiting the Marvel Netflix characters and made major strides in doing so with Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio’s returns in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye, respectively. With the series now leaving Netflix, Disney seems to be one step closer to finally bringing them under the official MCU umbrella.
Where to watch Daredevil after it leaves Netflix
After Daredevil leaves Netflix on March 1, it is expected the series will make the jump to one of Disney’s streaming services meaning the series should land on either Disney+ or Hulu. At this time, Disney+ is home to the majority of Marvel’s original series; however, the more mature nature of the Marvel Netflix shows could lead to them landing on Hulu.