When Iron Fist was cancelled, even the show’s small fanbase admitted that it wasn’t exactly a surprise. Little did we know that event was the harbinger of doom for the rest of the Netflix MCU shows though, with the critically acclaimed and widely viewed Luke Cage and Daredevil being cancelled shortly afterwards.
There was some rumbling about viewing figures being lower than expected, but you don’t have to be a genius to look at Disney’s ambitious plans for their own streaming network and realize any collaboration with Netflix would mean some of their valuable IP working against them. Viewed through the prism of cold, hard business logic, it seemed that fans of these shows were out of luck. But maybe that luck’s begun to change.
The Wrap recently spoke with Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Original Programming, who explained that the network is “open” to the possibility of bringing the cancelled shows over from Netflix. When asked if they had any specific interest in reviving them, he said:
“It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.”
Alright, so it’s a small ray of hope, but it’s better than nothing. Plus, if the Netflix MCU shows are going to be revived anywhere, it’ll be on Hulu. The streaming network is now about 60% owned by Disney, and with the Mouse House confirming that there’ll be nothing on Disney Plus rated higher than PG-13, most assume Hulu will become the home of shows with a slightly more adult-orientated edge.
The first glimmer of this came yesterday, in fact, when Marvel TV unveiled four new animated series aimed at adults (Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler – who’ll eventually team up to become The Offenders). With that in mind, and after the excellent third season of Daredevil, let’s hope that the next time we see Matt Murdoch is soon, and on Hulu.