If you believed that Marvel’s canceled shows on Netflix would be seamlessly moved over to the new streaming service, Disney+, you’re going to be disappointed.
Plainly put, Netflix played it smart. Variety reports that the deal for the four Marvel shows (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones) includes a clause preventing the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix production for a minimum of two years after those shows are canceled.
Of the four, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist were canceled this year, meaning the earliest they could arrive on Disney+ is 2020. Jessica Jones is set to air its third season on Netflix in 2019. That puts the show another year behind the others, locking it out of Disney+ until at least 2021.
It seems likely that any chance of reviving The Defenders, another Marvel/Netflix production, on Disney+ would be stymied by Jones’ absence until 2021. Jones (Krysten Ritter) is absolutely a fan favorite and moving forward without her would be a major misstep. Considering how long fans have waited for new installments of their favorite shows or characters in the past, three years doesn’t really seem that bad. I also have to think Marvel has a plan for characters and shows that were, for the most, incredibly well received and loved.
But what about The Punisher, you ask? Well, the Jon Bernthal series was part of a different deal and may or may not include similar contract stipulations. All that’s known as this time is that season two of The Punisher will debut in January.
It could be that Marvel is simply focusing on other characters for content on Disney+. Several original shows have already been announced focusing on Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, including Loki, Scarlet Witch, and the Winter Soldier, and Star Wars characters, such as Rogue One’s Cassian Andor, all of which will star the actors who brought those characters to life on the big screen. It’s a shame to lose The Defenders in the process though. Except for Iron Fist. Not sad about losing that.
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