Netflix has put the final nail in the coffin for its Marvel properties. Netflix has cancelled both Jessica Jones and The Punisher, according to TheWrap. “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,” said Netflix in a statement regarding the cancellations.” The third season of Jessica Jones will air, but it will mark the end of an era for the MCU’s streaming side.
These two shows follow their fellow Defenders properties into cancellation. Back in October, Netflix cancelled Iron Fist and Luke Cage in quick succession, following their second seasons. The streaming platform also cancelled Daredevil shortly after its third season dropped. While the fate of Jessica Jones and Punisher seemed fairly bleak, it was unclear if Netflix would wait until both shows completed their in-progress seasons. In this case, Punisher has aired its second season, but Jessica Jones has one season left. It will be interesting to see if Jessica Jones put any kind of button on the N/MCU.
Following the announcement, Jeph Loeb and Marvel published a letter confirming the news. The letter also praised the folks who brought the connected show universe to life: “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.”
The letter also suggests that, while the Netflix iteration of The Defenders is dead, the characters might live on. “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,” says Marvel. “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…!”
This letter suggests that the characters might find a new home, maybe on a new streaming service. Marvel recently announced that Hulu would be the home for a new shared Marvel universe of heroes. Dubbed The Offenders, this new crop of shows includes Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, and Tigra & Dazzler. Considering Hulu already has two seasons of Runaways, it would make sense for Marvel to consolidate all their I.P. onto one platform. Or Marvel might put them on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, alongside their Loki and Scarlet Witch shows. However, it’s unclear what will be necessary for the Netflix heroes to cross over – and how long their new lease on life would last.