To the surprise of no one, Netflix has officially put the final nail in the coffin with its Marvel deal. Jessica Jones and The Punisher have officially been cancelled by the streaming giant.
In a statement, the streamer said the following:
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. 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. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. 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. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”
This follows after a round of cancellations in recent months which included Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Daredevil. These series took place in and around the MCU’s New York, focusing on the “street level” heroes. In 2017, it led to the crossover event between the main four shows called The Defenders.
This news surprises pretty much no one. The only reason that they hadn’t been cancelled is because The Punisher and Jessica Jones hadn’t released their filmed seasons yet. At the time of this writing, we still don’t when Jessica Jones‘ third season will be released.
We do know it will be.
The cancellation of these shows remains mostly a mystery. Though many fans believe it’s due to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service and the Marvel shows on there. While Netflix and Marvel appear to be on the outs, the studio is making a new relationship with Hulu creating content there in addition to the Disney+ shows.
Jessica Jones final season will be released sometime in 2019.