There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable superhero shows and see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when needed to, to fight the battles they could not fight alone.
That idea saw the birth of an era of partnership between Marvel TV and Netflix to produce shows for Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist as well as a team-up show where they together would be the Defenders. As ideas tend to do, this one grew and morphed and even brought the Punisher in to have his own show.
That era is now officially over.
After dropping the ax on Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist late last year, Netflix has now officially canceled Marvel’s The Punisher & Marvel’s Jessica Jones following the recent second season of the former & before the third season of the latter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Since the idea of Disney broaching their own streaming platform that would be full of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and other Disney acquisition related material, the clock was seemingly ticking towards doom for the Marvel Netflix shows.
Despite ratings boons and growths for some of the shows, Netflix ended their partnership with Marvel by canceling the shows.
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and an exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come,” Netflix said in a statement. “In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. 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.”
Marvel TV’s Executive Vice President, Head of Television Jeph Loeb was quick to also release a statement on Marvel.com where he dangles some hope for fans of these shows.
“On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience,” Loeb said in the statement. “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…!”
While this is no guarantee, Loeb has seemingly dropped the hint that these shows could find new life on the new Disney platform in the future. No doubt there would be much to work out for such a thing to happen such as new contracts for some, reports are that contracts were severed for actors in the previously canceled shows, as well as negotiating with Netflix if they wanted to house the old seasons on the new platform since those were co-produced by the streamer.
All of this comes as Disney has been steadily removing content from Netflix as contracts expire, their main one from years ago that allowed the streamer first access to many hit Disney related films is coming up to a swift conclusion this year. Disney+, the house of mouse’s platform, is set to debut sometime late this year.
At the same time, Netflix has been looking to build up their own library to prepare for this day, to replace the content lost in the splitting.
As more and more deals are ended and more and more companies dive into streaming platforms of their own, a potential streaming rivalry or war seems just on the horizon.