The writing was on the wall. It was never really an if, more a when. After Netflix announced that they were canceling Iron Fist and Luke Cage, then Daredevil, we knew Jessica Jones and The Punisher were likely next. And that has now been confirmed with Netflix formally canceling their last remaining Marvel live-action shows.
It was a successful run while it lasted, that’s for sure. Across the six series (which includes the team-up special, The Defenders), the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Netflix docket consists of 13 seasons of television that were generally all well received (sorry, Iron Fist).
Netflix confirmed the news of the Jessica Jones and The Punisher cancelation with a statement to Deadline. They stated “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”
It hasn’t come to light whether it’s Netflix or Disney’s prerogative as to why these Marvel shows are departing Netflix’s streaming service. It could be something on Disney’s end of the deal. With the Disney+ service coming soon, they could be allocating their IPs for shows of their own. Or it could be Netflix continues its trend of pushing new, independent properties of their own.
Marvel’s head of all things television, Jeph Loeb, released a statement on behalf of the company heralding the success that four Netflix shows shared during their five year run:
“It had never been done before.
Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then…
…they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City.
We called them The Defenders.
They said it couldn’t be done.
But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 148 one-hour episodes.
Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft.
We loved each and every minute of it.
And we did it all for you — the fans — who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it.
So, Thank You!
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience.
Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that.
As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, “The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.”
To be continued…!”
“To be continued” seems to have fans hopeful of a possible Disney+ revival for these characters. But I certainly wouldn’t put any money on it. It’s best we just appreciate all the fantastic work that went into these shows while we had them. Oh, and don’t forget, Jessica Jones’ third season is still coming later this year.