‘Luke Cage’ Now Cancelled At Netflix
Sweet Christmas… Another Marvel/Netflix show has bitten the dust. This time it’s ‘Luke Cage‘ that’s been dropped by the streaming service, joining the already cancelled ‘Iron Fist’.
“Unfortunately, ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel Television said in a joint statement. “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.”
This cancellation comes as a surprise as talks had been ongoing for the 3rd season up until recently. After the cancellation of ‘Iron Fist’, it was made clear that those characters would continue to appear in the remaining Marvel/Netflix shows, so we’d assume the same goes for ‘Luke Cage’. The other possibility would be to team the duo up into their own ‘Heroes For Hire’ series based on the Power Man and Iron Fist comic books.
That now leaves ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher‘ as the last shows standing. ‘Daredevil’ just launched it’s 3rd season yesterday and ‘Jessica Jones’ started filming its Season 3 in July. ‘The Punisher’ has also been renewed for a 2nd season.
Hard to say whether this is the beginning of the end for the Marvel/Netflix relationship, or just trimming of Marvel’s Netflix commitment at the moment. Marvel’s owners Disney do, of course, have their own streaming service coming next year, although it’s very unlikely it will be home to any the more mature shows like the Marvel/Netflix superheroes. With the buyout of Fox, however, the will gain a 60% share of streaming service Hulu, a direct competitor to Netflix in the US.
But for now, ‘Luke Cage’ is no longer bulletproof, and is cancelled after 2 seasons.