The Netflix version of the Marvel universe is no more and, unfortunately, we can't blame this one on Thanos' finger snap. In a highly expected move, the streaming service has officially canceled The Punisher and Jessica Jones. This comes just a month after The Punisher season 2 debuted and the debut of Jessica Jones season 3, which is set for sometime later this year. Those were the final shows that Netflix had in partnership with Marvel, meaning that both companies are moving on.
Last year, Netflix canceled Iron First and, that alone wasn't as surprising, given that it seemed to be the least popular and least well-liked of the bunch. But then Luke Cage was canceled and, most surprisingly, so was Daredevil. This signaled that Netflix was done with Marvel, or vice versa. Whatever the case, it's now been made official as these last two shows have been given the axe. Netflix has this to say about The Punisher in a statement.
"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."
Part of this, though not explicitly stated by the streaming service, certainly has to do with the upcoming launch of Disney's streaming service, Disney+, later this year. At that time, Disney will be producing other Marvel shows, more closely tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for the service and thereby taking a bit more of an active role in connecting the TV side of things to the movie side of things. Netflix, in a further statement, confirmed that Jessica Jones season 3 will be its last, while also expressing their gratitude for the partnership with Marvel.
"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."
Many fans have been hoping that these shows could possibly be revived elsewhere and, recently, Hulu stated that they would maybe be interested. But, due to the contracts Netflix had in place with Marvel, they have to wait two years to do anything with these characters. Hulu would have to wait until 2020 to bring back Daredevil, for example, and 2021 for a show like Jessica Jones. So, at least for a good while, Matt Murdock, Danny Rand, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Frank Castle will be sitting in the sidelines. Hopefully, Hell's Kitchen can find a way to manage without them. This news was previously reported by Deadline.