When it was announced that Marvel was bringing a television universe to Netflix, it seemed to be pretty laid out for us. In 2015, we would get Daredevil and AKA Jessica Jones and then in 2016, we would get Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which would eventually lead into a Defenders movie. Now, is Tuesday’s announcement of renewing Daredevil for a second season going to fudge that plan?
Late Tuesday, Netflix announced that they are renewing Marvel’s Daredevil for a second season, which is slated to return in 2016. That was not the only surprise, showrunner Steven S. DeKnight would not be returning to the series in season two. Instead, they promoted Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez to handle the series in its second season.
Both writers wrote several episodes in the first season, as well as worked closely with DeKnight. Now, it is unclear as to the reason DeKnight will not return to the series, but it could have been a one season deal – like many of Marvel’s directors usually have a single shot stipulation. If you recall, DeKnight stepped in for the departed Drew Goddard, who left to work on Sinister Six.
The larger question is how does this hinder or help the television plan that Marvel worked out with Netflix? It is most likely that Marvel made a contingency plan, in the event that Netflix wanted to renew the series for a second season. As we saw with the recent Spider-Man announcement, Marvel’s plans are not always set in stone.