Netflix’s purge of their Marvel TV shows is complete. In completely unsurprising news, the streaming giant has cancelled Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Having begun by cancelling Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil late last year, the writing was on the wall for the two remaining shows. Netflix simply let them finish up their production before pulling the plug.
Thus, despite its popularity, the Marvel Netflix Universe is dead. These cancellations came in response to Disney moving ahead with their own MCU-related shows when Disney+ launches. Netflix also wants to have full control over their shows, and the Marvel ones had tricky rights that meant they could eventually be snatched from them.
It’s the same reason American Vandal – another acclaimed show – was cancelled. Netflix didn’t make that show themselves. Production was handled by an outside group, meaning that Netflix were only licensing the series, and could lose the rights later down the line.
This Marvel cancellation comes a month after season two of The Punisher arrived. Jessica Jones season 3 will actually still hit Netflix later this year, but it was confirmed to be its last. As a part of a statement, Netflix concluded with:
“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”.
There is an outside chance that the shows could be renewed elsewhere. It’s unclear whether the contracts allow this, or whether Disney would even be interested in reviving the shows. But Marvel will keep trying to develop a TV universe, as they recently inked a deal with Hulu for new Marvel shows. That will be under Disney control once their deal with Fox is finalised.