The Netflix corner of the Marvel universe is no more. Recently, Netflix made it official as they canceled The Punisher a month after it debuted its second season, as well as Jessica Jones, ahead of this year's season 3 debut. Now, Marvel has responded to the news with a heartfelt letter to the fans that offers hope for these characters down the line.
Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, penned the letter personally. The writing had been on the wall for months, as Netflix had already canceled Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil last year, making their recent move a heavily expected one. Still, it served as a major blow for many fans and, rather than mourn the loss, Loeb decided to celebrate what was accomplished in the handful of years these heroes were hanging out in Hell's Kitchen on the small screen. The letter reads as follows.
"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!"
As far as Marvel TV goes, there are still shows on the air. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still chugging along on ABC, Cloak and Dagger season 2 is coming our way on Freeform and The Runaways is going strong on Hulu, with a season 3 pickup likely. Plus, Hulu just gave the green light to four new animated shows, including Howard the Duck. But for those who want to see Daredevil and the other Defenders back somewhere at some point in the future, Jeph Loeb offered some hope in the conclusion of his letter.
"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...!"
Disney+ will also be bringing some new Marvel shows such as Loki in the future. Hulu recently said they would possibly be interested in reviving the canceled Netflix shows. However, given the contracts with Netflix, they would have to wait at least two years to do so. For now, it's time to say goodbye. This news was originally shared on Marvel.com.