Netflix has finally axed its last two Marvel series today. The streaming service announced that The Punisher and Jessica Jones would not be renewed. Season 3 of Jessica Jones is still expected to stream on the service later this year.
Netflix said the following in a statement to Deadline:
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. 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.”
“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.”
After Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage were cancelled late last year, fans began to suspect that Netflix may just be getting out of the Marvel business altogether, given that Disney plans on releasing its own streaming service later this year. In fact, Captain Marvel is set to bypass Netflix altogether and be the first MCU film to stream exclusively on Disney+.
Disney+ has a number of MCU series in the works focusing on characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch & Vision, and The Winter Soldier & Falcon. Additionally, Hulu recently announced that they would be streaming four Marvel animated series that would then crossover. It does seem like Netflix’s time playing in the Marvel sandbox is over. Whether or not we ever get to see Daredevil and company again is up in the air. Rumor has it that these characters cannot appear in a new TV series or film until 18 months after they were last seen on Netflix. Even then, does Disney+ seem like the right fit?
They defended against Netflix the best they could, but now it’s time for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to avenge the loss.
What was your favorite Marvel/Netflix series?
R.I.P. Marvel/Netflix (2015 – 2019)