It was no less than a catastrophe for fans when Netflix axed its highest rated show ‘Daredevil’ last November. Practically all review aggregators gave the Marvel presentation a rating greater than 9/10. And for this very reason, it was no less than startling when Netflix pulled the plug off the show. The decision apparently came about as a consequence of Disney’s plan to launch its own streaming service. Subsequently multiple other Marvel projects on other streamers were also forced to shut shop. It now appears that with all these streamers growing like weed, Netflix will soon lose its edge.
Netflix Axed All Its Marvel Shows
Fans were clearly devastated with the sudden cancellation of Marvel Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. There was not much clarification as to what had actually happened. Hence, fans blamed Netflix for the disaster. There was an instantaneous public outcry to save the show. Moreover, with the save-the-day precedent that NBC had set-up by rescuing Brooklyn Nine Nine from its impending death, people had high hopes that a savior would walk in to revoke Daredevil’s cancellation. Unfortunately, it never happened. Netflix remains under fire for not explaining its position. And now, its rival Hulu is evidently exploiting the situation.
Hulu Finds Itself In A Comfortable Position
Hulu is also about to 60 percent owned by Marvel’s parent company Disney, after the close of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets. In fact, recently Hulu has even expanded its relationship with Marvel. It has signed a hefty deal for multiple animated series, including “Howard the Duck.” The agreement will see Marvel TV produce four adult animated series — “Howard the Duck,” “M.O.D.O.K..” “Hit-Monkey” and “Tigra & Dazzler.”
Craig Erwich Comments On The Matter
Senior Vice President of Hulu, Craig Erwich, says,
“We’ve had a relationship with Marvel since ‘Runaways’. Now, we’re getting into business on these animated shows. I’m sure it will lead to — you know, business gets you business. We; moreover, have a good creative relationship with them. That’s where opportunities tend to arise. Given the lead time in animation, if we want to have a regular cadence of this programming and this kind of conversation that we think it’s going to provide, you have to just start early and commit to a bunch. It’s hard to pull it off on a one-off basis.”
Now obviously, Erwich didn’t specifically confirm any plans for Hulu to bring back Netflix’s former Marvel shows. But fans should in no way count on it not happening. He, after all, didn’t shut down the possibility speaks volumes, in this particular case.