Netflix is cutting down “The Defenders” faster than Kingpin ever could, this time cancelling “Luke Cage”. The news comes just one week after Netflix cut Marvel’s least popular hero, “Iron Fist,” from the schedule. Hell’s Kitchen still has a lot of heroes in it but New York City seems ripe for the taking.
This marks the second Marvel series that Netflix has shutdown in less than a month, leaving only “Daredevil,” “The Punisher,” and “Jessica Jones” still intact. The show “Iron Fist” made it two-seasons before getting the axe, just as Daredevil debuted the show’s third season earlier today.
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement to the press. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
Sine Netflix doesn’t release viewership numbers for its shows and movies, we can’t report on just how well “Luke Cage” has been doing on the service, but the show was popular on most social-media sites. Netflix confirmed that “Jessica Jones” will be getting a third-season back in April and “The Punisher” is returning with a new season in 2019.
The elephant in the room is Disney’s new streaming service, which just like the new DC Universe Streaming Service, is designed to rival Netflix and keep everything in-house. Disney is reportedly working on new series following new Marvel heroes but no confirmations have been made at this time. When the Disney streaming service launches in 2019, “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “The Punisher” will stay on Netflix but new shows and future Disney/Marvel/Pixar releases will go to Disney’s service.
For right now Netflix seems content in staying in the Hell’s Kitchen/Brooklyn area with its Marvel stories but fans shouldn’t hold their breath for a “Defenders 2” anytime soon. This doesn’t mean that Luke Cage or Iron Fist can’t appear in future episodes of the three remaining series but it seems unlikely that a group team-up is on the table.