Outspoken dissent followed the cancellation of Daredevil by Netflix, but the character will live on in a spin-off series, as TV watchdog takes issue with fourth season of Jessica Jones
Marvel has confirmed that its character, Daredevil, will continue to live on, following the departure of the actor Charlie Cox. Cox was a vocal critic of the company’s decision to cancel the Netflix series after three seasons.
In a statement on Friday, Marvel announced that Cox’s portrayal of the masked hero would live on in the series, entitled The Defenders. The spin-off will see the debut of a new cast of characters, including Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, though Jessica’s rich and chaotic life will come to an abrupt end.
Cox’s comments to the Hollywood Reporter in October prompted Marvel to halt its plans to release a fourth season of Jessica Jones.
In November, a fan complained on the show’s official Facebook page that Daredevil would “never get a season 4”. That person was then referred to a company spokesperson, who replied: “They’ll go through a total rethink, revamp and maybe reboot the show.”
The lengthy Facebook thread led to fans accusing the company of “caving in” to dissent. The backlash from the statement prompted others to voice concerns over other planned series, including Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones: if Daredevil lives on, who would the Marvel corner of Netflix be without?
Under former chief Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios became the highest-grossing film studio of 2017, and it has brought in the biggest budget blockbusters. However, behind-the-scenes talent is growing restless with the attitude of the movie studio bosses at the Hollywood studio Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm in October.
When the studio announced it would pull the Star Wars franchise from Netflix, Reed Hastings, the chief executive, wrote: “Marvel will flourish on its own. It’s clear there is a demand for more Marvel programming.”