Following last month's surprise news that Netflix had axed its inaugural Marvel Cinematic Universe original series Daredevil after three seasons, the cancellation similarly shocked the series' cast, who were expected to begin filming a fourth season early next year.
Actor Amy Rutberg, who portrayed lawyer and Foggy Nelson love interest Marci Stahl, shared some behind-the-scenes details about the cancellation and how the series was expected progress.
"We had heard rumors we would start production as early as February 2019," Rutberg explained in an interview with Inverse. "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."
Rutberg's assumption lines up with previous reports that Daredevil remained one of Netflix's most popular series through the month of November. Additionally, Rutberg attributed the cancellation entirely as "a Netflix decision" rather than one made by Marvel Television. Initially hoping for a five-season run, Rutberg confirmed that her contract with Netflix prevents her from appearing in any non-Netflix MCU programming for at least 18 months following Daredevil's cancellation.
"There is this very real contract with Netflix," admitted Rutberg. "I had heard 18 months, maybe it’s 2 years. I suppose it’s possible that Marvel could buy them out, but I have not heard so much as a whisper."
Now available on Netflix, Marvel’s Daredevil Season 3 stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Joanne Whalley as Sister Maggie, Wilson Bethel as Benjamin Poindexter, Jay Ali as Rahul “Ray” Nadeem and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.