The moment that every fan of Netflix’s Marvel shows has been dreading has finally arrived. Netflix has officially axed Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones television series.
The news is something we all should have seen coming considering the wave of cancellations, like Marvel’s Iron First, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, along with Disney’s launch of Disney+ later this year.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the third and final season of Jessica Jones, which stars Krysten Ritter in the title role and had finished production earlier this year, will still stream at a yet-to-be-announced date. Creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had previously confirmed that she would be leaving the series for a new show at WB. However, no new showrunner had been named as her replacement. But it seems like a moot point now, considering that there will be no more Marvel shows after Jessica Jones.
The 2013 massive deal between Marvel and Netflix was supposed to bring a more gritter and darker side to the MCU by introducing the unsung heroes of New York City. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist was to expand the Marvel brand and be told as an epic that would unfold in 13-episode seasons over multiple years. It was a deal that was fully realized when Daredevil came onto the scene in 2015. And in those four years, we got three seasons of Daredevil, two seasons from the heroes for hire in Iron Fist and Luke Cage, and three seasons of the private investigator Jessica Jones. The Punisher, which stars Jon Bernthal in the lead, would be the only new addition to that deal after the character made an impression with his debut in season 2 of Daredevil. Unfortunately, we would never see Frank Castle join the four heroes in The Defenders miniseries.
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” the streamer said in a statement. “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.
Additionally, Netflix said they 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 head Jeph Loeb had this to say about today’s cancellations:
“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.”
And in a letter that he posted on Marvel.com, Loeb said that fans shouldn’t expect this to be the end of these heroes.
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…!
As far as we know, the characters that appeared on the Netflix Marvel shows won’t be able to appear on any other streaming service for another two years. While that is disappointing for their fans, Loeb is looking to fill that void with some other wacky shows involving Howard The Duck, MODOK, Tigra and Dazzler, and Hit-Monkey on Hulu. And, as you might have guessed, these characters will meet up in an ensemble special. And during the two-year hiatus, Marvel will be working on a way to bring those Netflix show characters back — and hopefully the cast that portrayed them as well.
[Source: THR | Marvel.com]