THE DIVORCE IS FINALIZED
Posted: 041219

The Netflix/Marvel Relationship is Over, Here's the Fallout

Netflix has cancelled the Punisher and there will be no season four of Jessica Jones. This statement was issued to Deadline from Netflix: "Marvelís The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Show runner 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 Marvelís Jessica Jones. We are grateful to show runner 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." The streaming service had already cancelled Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil. But why did this happen? According to the Live Feed it all came down to money. Netflix didnít have an ownership stake in any of the series and they paid a huge licensing fee for each season. The shows cost a lot of money to make and some reports said the viewer numbers dropped with each season. So the question becomes where do the shows go from here since Marvel says the characters will return but where? Hulu is willing to pick up all of them and Disney is in talks to buy out Warners share in the streaming service. The first thing fans thought when the cancellations were announced was the shows will end up on Disney+. Of the shows Punisher is free to go anywhere since it wasnít part of the original Netflix agreement but the other shows cannot appear anywhere until late 2020/early 2021.

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