Marvel Netflix is now officially dead, as the streaming giant has effectively killed off the remnants of its once-thriving multi-series deal with Marvel. The Punisher and Jessica Jones are the last casualties of the Marvel Netflix universe, though the third season of Jessica Jones will still be released on a later unrevealed date.
In a statement to Deadline, here’s what Netflix had to say:
“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.”
Meanwhile, Marvel also issued an official statement earlier today, which you can check out below:
“It had never been done before. Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then …they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City. We called them The Defenders.
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in! 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.”
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience. 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,” the company added.
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…!”
Marvel is probably planning to move most of its TV series to Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, which is slated to launch sometime in late 2019. Unfortunately, due to the terms of the contract between Netflix and Marvel, we might not be seeing Daredevil and the rest of the Defenders for quite a while.
In the meantime, check out our article here on what to expect from the House of Mouse’s exclusive streaming service when it debuts later this year.