With the cancellation of Daredevil and Luke Cage late in 2018, there was a guarantee that the two remaining show would follow suit. Shortly after the debut of its second season, The Punisher and Jessica Jones were given the axe. This completes the cancellation of all Marvel-Netflix shows. Jessica Jones completed production of season three, which will air later this year.
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” Netflix confirmed today to Deadline. “Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and 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,” the streamer added.
“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,” Netflix also made official this President’s Day. “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.”
Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Jeph Loeb released a statement. Loeb, who leads Marvel TV, had nothing but for praise for what they achieved.
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.
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!
They said it couldn’t be done.
But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 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…!
– Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television
The cancellation of all Marvel Television content on Netflix came on the heels of Disney announcing their own streaming service. Many people speculated that they would make the move to Disney streaming, but many of those don’t understand how partnerships work. It is known that Disney will be pulling their content from the service later this year.
In many cases, Netflix was retaliating for their service. A way of “why should we advertise their content” cancellation. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher were widely loved by fans. So, everyone knows that their reason for cancellation was personal. Not to mention that Hulu is going to partner with Disney for adult-themes animated series.
It is very unlikely that these four series will move to Disney+, especially for their adult-content. However, since Disney will own majority stake in Hulu, it could make the move there. In last week’s podcast, Disney CEO Bob Iger noted that R-rated content will happen, it just needs to be marketed as such. Although, those moves may not come for some time. So, we have to remember they may go under a recast. That is the sad part.