The relationship between Netflix and Marvel is slowly dwindling, and what has made the streaming service a strong contender in a pool of competitors just got a little weaker. This week, Netflix announced the cancellation of its last two Marvel television series, The Punisher and Jessica Jones.
Following the likes of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Daredevil all of which were cancelled before the end of 2018, the decision comes as no surprise. According to Deadline, the second season of The Punisher will continue to ring out until the final episode while Jessica Jones will receive a third season to round out the short-lived story, towards the end of 2019.
“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.”
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“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 recognised 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.”
The announcement is just the first stage of Marvel content disappearing from Netflix, which is expected to see a move to Disney streaming service, Disney+. Stan Australia currently dominates this content with a huge range of movies already on offer.