Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday's Headlines | Netfix Pulls The Plug

Netflix has canceled both The Punisher and Jessica Jones, according to Deadline. The recently-filmed third season of Jessica Jones is still expected to air on the streaming service later this year, however the company has reportedly pre-emptively canceled any intention of subsequent seasons.

"Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” an unspecified Netflix representative told Deadline. “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
Punisher & Jessica Jones
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,” the representative continued. “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.”

Marvel Television and Netflix's partnership was announced in 2013, and debuted with Daredevil's first season on March 18, 2016.

Now with five significant Marvel characters - Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and the Punisher - and high profile villains like the Kingpin without a television home, it will be worth watching what the future of these characters will hold. Possibilities include revivals of the existing series on other streaming services like Hulu or Disney+, integration into the theatrical MCU, and/or a reboot of the characters on film.