‘The Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ Cancellation: Fans Tear Netflix Apart
Unsurprisingly, Netflix recently announced the cancelation of the last two Marvel shows on its roster, ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’. Things started going downhill when the streaming site canceled ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Luke Cage’, and a month later, ‘Daredevil’. While some series were not successful, others like ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Daredevil’ were fan favorites. Here are the details to the demise of Marvel’s Netflix TV Universe.
The Marvel TV Universe was originally an experiment since Netflix could make more mature content that differed from the films which are produced by Disney and can only be PG-13. Starting with ‘Daredevil’, and following with ‘Luke Cage’, ‘Iron Fist’, and ‘Jessica Jones’, it was supposed to lead to a team up like the Avengers with ‘The Defenders’.
Unfortunately, by the time ‘The Defenders’ came around, people had lost interest in many of the shows. The truth is that most of its 13-episodes season could have been shortened to 7 or 8 episodes to maintain quality, but even the short season of ‘The Defenders’ failed to enticed audiences. On the other hand, ‘Daredevil’ gained its popularity back with season three.
Even ‘The Punisher’ was doing well, and ‘Jessica Jones’ had pretty great reviews, so although the end is not surprising, it’s still saddening. ‘The Punisher’ released its season two just last month, but Netflix confirmed that it was ending with a statement:
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and an 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.”
Sadly, ‘Jessica Jones’ will still be airing its last season, but Netflix decided to announce this one’s end simultaneously. “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.”
However disheartening, from a business standpoint, Netflix cutting ties with Marvel shows is pretty reasonable. Disney will be launching its own streaming service soon called Disney+, and they will be taking away their films from Netflix to launch on their platform once the contract between them ends. ‘Captain Marvel’ will be launched directly on Disney+.
Therefore, it makes sense that Netflix does not want to continue Marvel TV shows, especially those that had waned in popularity, but the only ones who suffer are the fans. It’s yet unclear if Disney+ could pick up on those stories, as there might be something specific in their contract, but it’s almost safe to say that Disney will focus on new series instead of continuing a third or fourth season of a Netflix show.
NETFLIX IS BUCKLING UP
Consequently, Netflix is trying to own the content they stream on its site because Disney+, Apple, and WarnerMedia will be online in the following months. Netflix also canceled ‘American Vandal’, despite its critical acclaim, because they did not own it. The streaming site will focus on the series they can control like ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Mindhunter’.
With every major company launching its own web streaming service, it’s a genius move on Netflix’s part. Still, many fans are disappointed as Marvel’s five-series plan had real potential. Luckily, Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb just landed a deal for several shows on Hulu, which will be under Disney’s banner once the deal with Fox finalizes.
REACTIONS FROM TWITTER USERS
Fans can expect the third season of ‘Jessica Jones’ later this year, and that all she wrote, folks. However, after Netflix’s announcement, people took to their social media to announce their rage at the cancellation of two shows on Netflix, and they cannot let go of the Defenders-verse.
Some fans are even threatening to cancel their subscriptions just because of the end of Marvel TV on Netflix. They will be missing out on some great content, though.
Others are calling for everyone to cancel their subs, but there are still so many great things to watch that that is not going to happen.
Apparently, ‘The Punisher’ was a great show for what the kids call “Netflix and chill”. This person needs to take a look at other content or stream the Marvel movies.
More cancelation threats that will probably not happen just because two shows are gone. There are tons of other things anyone can enjoy on the streaming service.
This fan is allegedly lost without ‘Daredevil’.
This entrepreneur is hoping that Hulu will pick up the shows, but the contract with Netflix might not allow it.
It’s important to understand that shows are businesses, and sometimes, they don’t work out for unknown reasons. Popularity is not everything. Netflix was used to having control of the market with only a few real competitors, but now the powers are rising up to make their own services and want their content for themselves.
Fans will always be the most affected by this kind of decisions because we get invested in amazing stories that were more detailed than the MCU. Let us know what you think about the cancelation of ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who binge-watched all Marvel series on Netflix. See you next time!