Just a week after it announced thatIron Fistwouldn’t return for a third season, Marvel has revealed that another of its Netflix shows won’t continue:Luke Cage. The series aired its second season earlier this summer.
Marvel and Netflix confirmed toDeadlinethat the show “will not return for a third season.” The cancelation comes as a surprise, as it was widely expected to be renewed for an additional season. UnlikeIron Fist, which Marvel indicated might continue on in some form, this reads as a definitive end for the series. It’s a shame, becauseLuke Cagehas consistently been held up as one of the better shows in the franchise, whileIron Fistwas widely panned.
That Netflix and Marvel appear to be pulling back from their partnership doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Disney, after all, is developing its own streaming service to rival Netflix, and is presently building out its own catalog of original content. Disney announced that it would end its distribution deal with Netflix last year, and while Netflix worked to try and retain the rights to theStar Warsand Marvel franchises, it seems that those properties will eventually migrate over to Disney’s platform.
But that won’t happen overnight: the streaming service just launched the third season ofDaredevil(it remains to be seen whether or not there’ll be a fourth season of the inaugural series), whileJessica JonesandThe Punisherhave each been renewed for a third and second season, respectively. At the very least, that leaves Netflix with at least some of the interconnected superhero universe for 2019.