It’s finally happened, Netflix has pulled the plug on “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher.” The two series were the only ones left standing after Netflix started chopping down Marvel series ahead of Disney’s new streaming service: Disney+. While “Jessica Jones” will still air its third season, there won’t be a Season 3 of “The Punisher” according to multiple reports.
With “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher” cut down, the era of Marvel/Netflix series, once so full of promise and praise, has ended. Netflix and Marvel launched “Daredevil’ to kickoff a gigantic interconnected story in 2013, the deal brought “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist” to fans around the world, then brought them together for “The Defenders.” The popularity of “The Punisher” character in “Daredevil” earned the icon a two-season run on Netflix.
While “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” were among the crowd favorites, “Iron Fist” was the only installment that received push-back from fans and critics.
The news came just a few days after Hulu announced a new partnership with Marvel, which will bring new animated series to the platform over the next few years. Disney owns a 30% stake in Hulu, so it’s not surprising that the company is moving animated series to that platform, and away from Netflix.
As for Disney+, we still don’t have a premiere date at this time. Disney has been teasing the new content scheduled to debut later this year but stopped short of announcing any of the pricing details. Disney+ will have to compete with Netflix for subscribers, but all Disney content moving forward, including movies, will go to Disney+ when the service launches later this year.
It’s unlikely that these Netflix series, in their current form with the current cast, will ever move to Disney+. Disney does have plans for Marvel spinoffs, which may include live-action mini-events with characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch, but Disney+ is keeping everything under wraps for now.
In a special post, Jeph Loeb posted a thank you to fans adding:
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…!
Fans do have live-action series like “The Runaways,” and “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” to watch right now, but they will have to wait for Disney+ to launch later this year for new Marvel content.