Disney+ Might Resurrect Those Marvel Shows After All, Proving No One Knows What The Hell is Happening

Three Netflix Marvel shows – Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil – have been cancelled for weeks, but several of the players involved continue to make those cancellations as difficult as possible for fans. Instead of outlining any of their actual intentions, the companies are content with speaking about these shows in vague enough terms to get fans’ hopes up about a potential resurrection.

The latest offender is Kevin Mayer, the newly-appointed head of Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s new streaming service. Mayer says there’s a “possibility” that the new service will revive those shows…but that’s as far as he’s willing to go at the moment.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mayer was asked if he would consider reviving the Marvel shows that Netflix cancelled, and he seemed open to the idea:

“They are very high-quality shows. We haven’t yet discussed that, but I would say that’s a possibility.”

Admittedly, that’s about as vague as you can get, but it’s also a borderline cruel comment from Mayer. This was an opportunity to definitively slam the door shut on the Marvel Netflix shows once and for all and give fans the chance to begin moving on, but by blowing on the ember just before it completely burned out, he’s turning the fandom community into a horde of Lloyd Christmases:

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of updates and conflicting reports ever since Daredevil was surprisingly axed after being Netflix’s fourth-biggest show. The cancellation was reportedly Netflix’s decision (though Steve Weintraub at Collider heard a rumor that indicated otherwise), and I wrote a big piece breaking down all of the possibilities of what could happen with the future of Daredevil based on what we know.

Unfortunately, many of the details of the Netflix/Marvel deal are still private, which means there’s a lot of speculation about this topic out there and not many cold hard facts. We know these shows can’t appear on Disney+ for at least two years, but it would make things a whole lot easier for everyone if one of these executives would actually give us an official explanation of what’s happening here. But what seems more likely is that yet another update about all of this will pop up later this week, and this saga will stretch on even longer as we wait to figure out the truth.

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Daredevil actress: Blame Netflix for cancellation, not Marvel

More Daredevil cancellation fallout.

Actress Amy Rutberg, who played Marci Stahl in the show, told Inverse last week that the show’s cancellation was purely a Netflix decision.

“My contacts at Marvel were very surprised,” Rutberg said. “Any of the rumors that it was a Marvel decision are wrong, I think it was purely a Netflix decision. That comes from personal conversations with people high up at Marvel. They were surprised … We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019. It’s a little unusual to be that far ahead in the planning and cancel the show, which makes me think Netflix was laboring over whether or not to cancel it. My guess was it was not an easy decision.”

The actress added that the cast assumed the show would run for at least five seasons.

EW has reached out to Netflix for comment.

The Daredevil cancellation last month shocked fans even though Netflix had also axed fellow Marvel titles Iron Fist and Luke Cage in recent months. Netflix hasn’t expressly given a reason for the cancellation, but there’s been speculation that a gradual content divorce is happening between Marvel parent Disney and Netflix due to the former’s upcoming launch of its own streaming service, Disney+ (the rumor Rutberg is referring to). But another theory is that the cost-benefit balance for the expensive shows — which were based on deals set up early in Netflix’s content ascension — are simply no longer worth it for the streaming service at this point.

Still, Daredevil was recently ranking as the fourth most-popular title on the service, according to Parrot Analytics.

Marvel has assured fans the character will continue somehow.

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Daredevil, 47, captures moment he hung from cliff 1,300ft in air

What a cliff hanger! Daredevil captures himself on camera dangling above the clouds and 1,300 feet from the ground

  • Mike Hutton, 47, captured astonishing images while visiting Bamford edge in the heart of the Peak District
  • The photographs show Mike dangling from the famous rock called Gargoyle Flake – 1,312ft above the ground
  • He was able to capture his brave climb by balancing the camera and tripod on the edge of the mountain

A daredevil has captured astonishing images of himself dangling above the clouds in the Peak District.

Mike Hutton, 47, was visiting Bamford edge in the heart of the Peak District when he managed to climb the rock and capture the impressive moment himself.

The images show Mike dangling from the famous rock called Gargoyle Flake – 1,312ft above the ground.

Mike Hutton, 47, was visiting Bamford edge in the heart of the Peak District when he managed to climb the rock and capture himself dangling above the clouds in this astonishing image


He lowers himself slowly down the cliff edge (left) before hanging by just one hand. He was able to capture his brave climb by balancing the camera and tripod on the edge of the mountain – something which captured the images automatically

He was able to capture his brave climb by balancing the camera and tripod on the edge of the mountain – something which captured the images automatically.

Mike said: ‘I had an idea to capture an image of someone rock climbing above a temperature inversion for several years.


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‘The route in the photo was selected as it is at an altitude of approximately 400m which would ensure it to be above the clouds during a temperature inversion and it has a stunning backdrop.

‘After years of waiting all the elements came together on a beautiful winters day.’ 

Mr Hutton (pictured) said it was a dream of his to capture an image of someone rock climbing above a temperature inversion 

He picked the specific cliff because ‘it had an altitude of approximately 400m which would ensure it to be above the clouds during a temperature inversion and it has a stunning backdrop’

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Daredevil writer thinks show's axing means "the end of the Marvel universe on Netflix"

Everyone working on Daredevil was left floored when Netflix announced that they wouldn’t be renewing the show for a fourth season.

While Iron Fist was not much loved and Luke Cage wasn’t a huge hit, Daredevil was a critical and commercial success. With its cancellation, it is looking like the entire bunch of Netflix’s Marvel universe shows could be coming to an end.

Speaking to io9, writer Tamara Becher-Wilkinson (who was working on season four of the show) said: “If I was a betting woman, you know, my guess is that it’s the end of the Marvel universe on Netflix.”

Explaining the moment when they all learned of the cancellation, she said “[Erik Oleson, the showrunner] 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.

“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.”

The surprise came from the fact that the staff thought the show was “too big to fail”, as Becher-Wilkinson explained: “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.”

All three seasons of Daredevil are available to stream on Netflix.

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