In a development that virtually everyone saw coming the moment Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage got the axe, Netflix has reportedly pulled the plug on its two remaining Marvel shows, The Punisher and Jessica Jones. The news comes to us from Deadline, who report the following:
"As the only two series from the TV arm of the comic giant still left on the streamer, there will be no Season 3 of the Jon Bernthal led vigilante series, I’ve learned. The completed third season of the Krysten Ritter starring Jessica Jones will still appear on the streamer but will be put on ice for good after that.
This marks the end of the multi-series, big bucks and big ambitions relationship between Marvel and Netflix that started in 2013 with the announcement of four series and a The Defenders limited series."
Deadline has some quotes from Netflix about their latest cancellations, and they're about what you'd expect - Netflix is proud of the work that was put into these shows, they wish everyone the best, they're grateful for the five-year partnership they maintained with Marvel, etc. etc.
So what happens next? Says Deadline:
"...the Jeph Loeb-run Marvel TV inked a four-series and one special deal with the soon-to-be Disney dominated Hulu on February 11 that will surely become the new focus of the comic giant’s small screen division."
That's right - those of you wishing to get your Marvel streaming fix will probably want to get acquainted with Hulu (if you're not already), and of course we can also look forward to original programming based in the MCU (including a Loki series) from Disney+, the forthcoming streaming platform which is expected to launch sometime later this year.
This was all highly inevitable, but still: today's news is probably quite the bummer for everyone who counted themselves fans of The Punisher and Jessica Jones, and you have our sympathies. Feel free to work through your grief in the comments section below, and stay tuned for more on Marvel's TV situation as further updates roll in.