If you haven’t been paying attention, Netflix has been systematically canceling their Marvel series. They started by canceling Iron Fist. Many saw Iron Fist as subpar Marvel series from the beginning even though it has some bright moments and lots of potential.. It wasn’t a big surprise but still sad when Netflix didn’t renew it for a third season.
The next moves surprised most of us. Netflix canceled Luke Cage and Daredevil in the same week. There was a lot of buzz about both of these series. Daredevil Season 3 hadn’t even been out that long when it got canceled.
The writing appeared to be on the wall for the two remaining series. When the Punisher Season 2 came out, Netflix stated quickly that viewership was disappointing. It was all but decided that Punisher would also be canned. The confirmation happened today that Netflix pulled the plug on The Punisher.
When Netflix announced the cancellation of The Punisher today, they shocked fans with the other half of the announcement. Netflix decided to cancel Jessica Jones along with The Punisher. The crazy thing is that Jessica Jones season 3 has not aired but will later this season. It was canceled before it even aired. That is nuts.
It appears that Netflix was done dealing with Marvel/Disney for these series.
Because of the strong reaction of fans, Marvel.com responded with a supportive Letter from Marvel Television show runner, Jeph Loeb. Here it is below.
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 (Marvel.com)
Stay Geeky My Friends!