Looks like Thanos’ snap has reached all the way to Netflix, because the streaming service’s corner of the MCU has gotten considerably smaller.
You might’ve heard by now, but Netflix has cancelled both IRON FIST and LUKE CAGE. Though the cancellation of IRON FIST wasn’t surprising, with it’s luke warm reception since it’s debut, I’m still sad to see it go. Season 2 of the show was definitely stronger than it’s first season, and I loved the nods to potential spin-offs, like the team up of Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. I’m not familiar with the IRON FIST comics, but I later found there was a series of the two called, HEROES FOR HIRE, and I would love to see that live-action adaptation take form.
As for it’s cancellation, both Marvel and Netflix reached a joint statement:
Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners. We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.
It’s that last sentence that caught my eye, “…the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
It’s no secret that Disney (Marvel’s parent company) has been prepping it’s own streaming service for launch next year. So it’s quite possible, with it’s cancellation, it might move to Disney’s upcoming service. Which I definitely hope is the case, because despite IRON FIST’s reception, I definitely think there’s a lot of potential there to build on the title, and overall story.
As for LUKE CAGE, it sounds like it’s cancellation basically came down to creative differences. According to SYFY, between notes from both companies regarding season 3, and trying to revise the season to accommodate a shorter season order (it went from 13 episodes to 10), it sounded like a deal couldn’t been struck. So ultimately the title was cancelled.
And like IRON FIST, super bummed this was cancelled too. If anything, the second season ended on such a strong note, I would’ve loved to have seen where it went.
BUT never give up hope kids! We still have DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, and THE PUNISHER. So there’s always the possibility that that the characters from both IRON FIST and LUKE CAGE will make appearances. One can only hope.
And of course, there’s always the aforementioned Disney streaming service. We can only hope to see a revival of the show there.
But what does this mean for Netflix/Marvel team-up show, THE DEFENDERS? Well, while no official word has been released, I wouldn’t hold out hope that a second season will happen on Netflix. But I most certainly hope I’m wrong.
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