Netflix and Marvel’s relationship? Consider it disassembled. After canceling Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, just Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s The Punisher remained on the streaming giant. Until today. Netflix has canceled both shows.
The Punisher season two premiered in January and Jessica Jones season three has yet to premiere on Netflix. In a letter to viewers, head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb addressed the surprising cancellations.
“On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience,” Loeb wrote in an open letter posted on Marvel.com. “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…!” he added.
In a statement, Netflix addressed the fates of the shows.
“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. 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,” the streaming giant said.
Marvel recently announced a slate of animated shows, featuring characters such as Tigra, Howard the Duck, Dazzler and MODOK, are coming to Hulu. And like Netflix’s shows, they will all culminate in a team-up series, but instead of The Defenders, they’re The Offenders.
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No premiere date for the final season of Jessica Jones has been announced.