The Punisher and Jessica Jones are the last to fall.
Netflix has cancelled the last of its Marvel shows, with The Punisher and Jessica Jones both culled today.
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” a Netflix spokesperson confirmed. “Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”
Jessica Jones will air its third season, though an air date has not yet been named. Jessica Jones season 2 started up 8 March last year, so it’s likely we’ll see the third season around the same time in 2019.
“We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter, and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards, among many others,” the Netflix rep said.
The cancellations join already confirmed ones with The Defenders, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
“It had never been done before,” a statement from Marvel television began. “Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then …they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City. We called them The Defenders. And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in! They said it couldn’t be done.
“But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes. Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft. We loved each and every minute of it. And we did it all for you — the fans — who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it. 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…!”
What do you make of this latest batch of cancellations?