Netflix will not produce a third season of The Punisher or a fourth season of Jessica Jones, Deadline has confirmed. Following the cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil, the streaming service has now reached a complete end to its partnership with Marvel Television.
The Punisher’s second season premiered one month ago, on Jan. 18. Netflix ordered a third season of Jessica Jones in April 2018, and the streaming service says that there are still plans to air it sometime in 2019.
“We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership,” a Netflix representative told Deadline, “and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”
Executive vice president of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb shared a closing letter with fans on Marvel’s website, saying:
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...!
Although the Marvel-Netflix relationship may have reached its end, Marvel Television will have plenty of platforms to produce television on in the future. The writing has been on the wall about Marvel’s divestment from Netflix for a while now, given the rise of Disney’s own streaming service, Disney Plus. And as soon as the House of Mouse’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox goes through, the corporation will have a majority stake in Netflix competitor Hulu.
Marvel Television already has future television series waiting in the wings for both platforms, including a Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki series on Disney Plus, a set of four animated comedies building to a crossover team-up series called The Offenders, and more.