The popular Marvel/Netflix show “DareDevil” was canceled by Netflix on November 29, 2018, shortly after the release of it’s 3rd season. That was almost 2 months ago, but the discussions about it don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Fans have been very active on social media by tweeting directly to Netflix or Marvel and co, using hashtags and even starting a very successful petition. That begs the question, is there still hope for the TV show?
A month ago, Joseph Garcia (@SpaceLobgamin) started a petition to bring back DareDevil. Right now the petition has over 200,000 signatures and counting. On top of that #SaveDaredevil is being used all over social media. Actors like Vincent D’Onofrio, who plays Wilson Fisk on the show, and Matt Gerald, who plays Melvin Potter, support the campaign well.
Even Charlie Cox had this to say at ACE Comic Con:
I found out the other day there’s this petition, #SaveDarevil, you can sign it. Sign it!
Possible ways for the return
The easiest way for the show to return, is if Netflix would bring it back themselves. That possibility isn’t too far off. Let’s look at another show that has accomplished that, Sense8. After the cancelation thousands of fans begged Netflix to bring it back and they listened. However, they only brought it back for one more long episode, but at least fans got an actual ending. That just shows that Netflix does listen to fan demand sometimes.
Another possible way would be through Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Kevin Mayer, chairman of Walt Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international divisions, had this to say about reviving the canceled Marvel shows on their platform:
They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.
Apparently there’s no plan to include the shows anytime soon however it might happen somewhere down the line. But there’s another obstacle preventing Marvel to use those characters right now. Variety released an article last year stating the following:
Sources tell Variety that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation. That means that “Daredevil,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” — which were all canceled this year at Netflix — could not come to the Disney streaming service until 2020 at the earliest
If true, Marvel wouldn’t be able to use these characters for almost 2 years without the permission of Netflix.
What you can do
You like the show and want to help? Here’s what you can do:
For more info check out the SaveDardevil website here and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.