Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ is the latest casualty in the ongoing deal with Netflix after the series was cancelled on Friday following two seasons…
‘Luke Cage’ will not have a third season on Netflix after all.
On Friday, Netflix announced that the Marvel series had been cancelled after two seasons on the streaming service. While a third season seemed like a forgone conclusion after a well received season 2, it appears Netflix had other ideas as they pulled the plug on the Marvel series.
“Unfortunately, ‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement release don Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
The cancellation of ‘Luke Cage’ comes just days after Netflix also gave ‘Iron Fist’ the pink slip after two seasons as well.
Marvel had inked a lucrative deal with Netflix for several series including ‘Daredevil’, ‘Jessica Jones’, ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ with a fifth series — ‘The Punisher’ — being added last year. Now two of those series have been cancelled with ‘Daredevil’ season 3 just dropping on Friday while ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’ had already been renewed previously.
It’s a stunning turn of events after Marvel teamed up with Netflix to create the series several years ago and now two of the shows have been scrapped.
‘Luke Cage’ had generally positive reviews for both seasons of the series under the direction of showrunner Cheo Coker and starring Mike Colter in the lead role. A writer’s room had reportedly already started work on a third season of ‘Luke Cage’ for an expected 10 episode order but then Netflix opted to cancel the series on Friday after continued turmoil with Marvel over the direction of the series.
Rumors have persisted that perhaps ‘Iron Fist’ and now ‘Luke Cage’ could be resurrected as part of the upcoming Disney streaming service that will launch in 2019 but that hasn’t been determined yet.