Jessica Jones isn't done just yet. Netflix has made it official and has canceled their remaining Marvel shows, which were down to The Punisher and Jessica Jones. This is a move that many had been suspecting and it didn't come as much of a surprise. It did, however, serve as a major bummer for fans who have enjoyed the little corner of the Marvel universe in Hell's Kitchen that the streaming service had carved out. But fear not, as we've got one last season of this street-level action coming our way.
Netflix ordered Jessica Jones season 3 back in April 2018 and that final batch of episodes will arrive on the streaming service later this year. It isn't yet clear when those final episodes will drop, nor has much been revealed in the way of official info on the show's upcoming third season, but it is indeed coming. And, given the recent cancelation, it now occupies an important space as it will be the final season of these Defenders shows to air.
The series cast includes Krysten Ritter in the title role, alongside Rachael Taylor, David Tennant and Carrie-Anne Moss. Melissa Rosenberg serves as showrunner, who also executive produces alongside Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb. Speaking of Loeb, shortly after Netflix announced the cancelation, he posted a letter to fans, offering some hope for the future.
"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...!"
Interestingly, Jeph Loeb isn't shy about pinning the blame, somewhat casually, on Netflix here. What's particularly interesting is that Disney, who owns Marvel, is launching their own streaming service, Disney+, later this year. On that platform, they will be releasing shows, such as the upcoming Loki series, that will tie in more directly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Couple that with the upcoming Fox merger and it's largely been assumed that Marvel, with Disney backing them, was looking to distance themselves from Netflix.
Whatever the case, this corner of the MCU is now all but gone. Though, the shows will remain on Netflix for those who are interested in repeat viewings down the line. There has been some hope that the shows could be revived on Hulu, but for contractual reasons, these characters can't be revived elsewhere on TV for two years following their cancelation. So, even if that happens, it's going to be a while. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on Jessica Jones season 3 are revealed. This news was previously reported by Deadline.