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Netflix Cancels "Daredevil" After Third Season: "What?,...You Didn't See That Coming?"

Nathan Donkor

Posted on December 2, 2018 14:07

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Netflix has cancelled Marvel's "Daredevil" after it's third season and fans are in shock. But in light of Disney's streaming service, Disney Plus, looming over the horizon, the better question fans should be asking is, "Why should anyone be surprised?"

So this week I'm going to take a break for the Homeless writer series and return to my original designation as an entertainment writer for a brief rant--might start another series called The Weekly ER ("ER" would stand for entertainment rant, and not the hospital emergency room)--to address some news this week. Just to remind my readers, I'm trying to focus on a lot of things this week, so the rant will be brief. However, I feel would be remiss if I did not speak on this week's turn of events...

Earlier this week, Netflix finally announced its' cancellation of Marvel's Daredevil and fans of the show could not seem to believe it--taking to social media to express their astonishment and sadness. But here's my problem with that...

Last year, Disney had announced their plans to introduce a streaming service to viewers sometime in the early part of 2019. With that service, Disney had planned to include all of its' catalog (movies, animation, shows, etc.) as the basis for its' programming. Recently revealed as Disney Plus, this service would be in direct competition with Netflix--which holds (or held) properties that are owned by Marvel, which in turn, are owned by Disney. Even if Daredevil, Luke Cage, and the Iron Fist didn't continue their series' runs on Disney Plus (as many people speculate), it would make sense that Disney would pull their all of their inventory from what would soon be their competitor. That's just Business 101.

Yet, in spite of this announcement, fans are acting like they didn't see this coming. As if no one knew that this would be the inevitable result. This is Disney we're talking about here--the same media giant that has purchased ABC networks, the Star Wars franchise, FOX Studios and Marvel in under fifteen years--did you really think they were going to create a streaming service and still share their streaming service products with another streaming service that they don't own?? I understand people were hoping that not be the case and perhaps that's why they're feigning surprise at the news, but just because we're hoping for the best case scenario doesn't mean we have to pretend to be ignorant to the obvious.

By now, most of the world knows how the entertainment industry works--the deals, the compromises, the egos, and the drive to outdo the competition--so these cancellations should not come as a shocker to anyone (unless you are just really out of the loop). If anything, fans should be clambering down Marvel's throat and demanding to know where these franchises will be newly housed--versus complaining about the situation in of itself. The news itself is not that freakin' surprising--it doesn't take a Tony Stark to put two and two together. It's so easy, a child could have figured it out.

 

Well, I'm out of word space, so I guess I'm done.

Hmph...I guess this week's brief rant wasn't so brief, after all...

Nathan Donkor

Posted on December 2, 2018 14:07

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