Netflix and Marvel finally put us out of our misery and cancel Jessica Jones and The Punisher.
Marvel’s last two remaining shows on the Netflix streaming platform have been cancelled. After two seasons and three, respectively, ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Jessica Jones’ have suffered the same fate as ‘Daredevil’, ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’.
The news comes shortly after the release of a second season of ‘The Punisher’ which stars Jon Bernthal as the ruthless vigilante, Frank Castle. A third season of ‘Jessica Jones’ with Krysten Ritter in the lead is scheduled for later in the year. This final season will signify the end of Marvel’s exclusive agreement with Netflix.
Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle aka The Punisher
Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb released a statement which implies that the decision to cancel the shows lies with Netflix. There’s also a glimmer of hope for fans that the we may see more from these characters yet.
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.
So, Thank You!
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.
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…!
– Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television
It’s still doubtful that Marvel’s dysfunctional and often violent roster of characters will make their way to the forthcoming Disney+ streaming platform. Reports suggest that content available on the new service will all be family friendly.
However, I wouldn’t be surprised if a Marvel content subscription service were in development following the launch of comic book rivals – DC Comics – own ‘DC Universe’ platform.