After enduring a seemingly rocky first season, with audiences divided on how they felt, Netflix’s Marvel’s Iron Fist looked to have found its way with season two and left some building blocks for future seasons. Those blocks will be left unbuilt as the show has been canceled.
According to Deadline, Marvel TV and Netflix have pulled the plug on the series and there will be no third season in the future for Danny Rand, Colleen Wing and the rest.
“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners,” the two studios said in a statement. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership, we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
In the past, Netflix has been extremely quick about giving new season renewals to their Marvel co-produced shows, but after a month there had been no word about Iron Fist till the cancellation. Season one had met with many criticisms about it being all over the place under showrunner Scott Buck’s direction (the same showrunner who headed up the low rated and canceled Marvel’s Inhumans for ABC last year) as well as criticisms about star Finn Jones late casting leading to him not being prepared and trained enough to pull off being a martial artist master.
Under the direction of new showrunner Raven Metzner, Iron Fist appeared to find it’s way and from the reaction connected better with audiences. It ended with quite a few plotlines dangling for a third season, but seemingly none of those will be explored given they won’t fit on any of the other remaining Netflix Marvel shows.
Since Disney announced plans to create a streaming platform that will hold all their Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, etc shows and films there has been concern about the Marvel shows on Netflix. As Disney’s deal ends with Netflix in 2019, all their solely owned content on the platform will leave and find a home on the Disney platform later in 2019.
The two studios have in the past tried to comfort people about the future of the Marvel shows, but this likely will stoke those worries more. As of now the only shows left from Marvel and Netflix on the docket are the upcoming season three of Marvel’s Daredevil, season two of Marvel’s The Punisher and season three of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Whether there will be more of any of them remains to be seen.