We’d like to say that this came as a complete surprise, but in the light of Netflix’s cancellation of their other Marvel series (DareDevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage), it was pretty much just a matter of when the axe would fall on the remaining two Marvel properties.
So to make it official, Jessica Jones and The Punisher series on Netflix are ending.
For The Punisher, the recent Season 2 marks the end of the road for the series. All the hints and cliffhangers established will like remain forever unanswered as Frank Castle makes his was back to his bosses at Disney.
Jon Bernthal, aka The Punisher himself, shared this image on his Instagram feed after news of the series’ cancellation broke.
For Jessica Jones, the upcoming Season 3 will be the finale. Hopefully the writers received early warning of the cancellation and managed to wrap the series up with minimal loose ends.
For their part, Marvel had this to say.
It had never been done before.
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.
So, Thank You!
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…!
– Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television
So is this the end of the road for Marvel on Netflix?
It definitely looks like it.
As Disney (Marvel’s parent company) is building up its own streaming service set for release later this year, expect Marvel’s repertoire of movies to slow vanish from other services.
Don’t fret though, they’ll definitely be back on Disney’s streaming service, alongside the other recently announced limited TV series such as the one starring Loki.