Marvel's Luke Cage Marvel's Iron Fist Marvel's Iron Fist  and The Punisher in the pipeline, a fresh Season 3 debut for Daredevil and no plans to resurrect The Defenders could this be the end of Netflix and Marvel's game-changing TV partnership?
Marvel's Daredevil first premiered on Netflix in the spring of 2015, alike , The words "dark" and "gritty" were on repeat – the shadowy aesthetic and relentless fight choreography stunned viewers in the best way. Jessica Jones debuted that case, the first female superhero headlining any Marvel or DC screen property before Supergirl Wonder Woman or Captain Marvel [1
Bringing Jessica Jones and then greenlighting Luke Cage for the fall of 2016 set up the Netflix / Marvel Universe; Marvel Cinematic Universe, these heroes would have their standalone properties, their origin stories, their own villains and demons and values. But with the MCU, there was a plan in place with The Defenders .
Perhaps the deluge of Netflix / Marvel shows during that time set up a denouement for the franchise. 40 episodes of television drama.
Spider -Man: Homecoming Thor: Ragnarok Black Panther Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp all hit theaters during the same 12 months. It adds the whole hype to the party at the end of it, while putting in as
It's been called as early as Jessica Jones 'debut season that 13 episodes is just too long for these shows. Luke Cage Season 1 struggled significantly in the back helped, as did Daredevil Season 2 without the Punisher. Iron Fist remains at outlier; many were so put off by the premise and their problematic whitewashing that they did not even bother, or could not get on board with the character even after trying. Iron Fist sticks out like a sore thumb in The Defenders petulant and self-important but inexplicably the hill upon which they are expected to fight and die.
Ironically, Luke Cage 's Iron Fist crossover what one of the season's strongest episodes, and certainly the most palatable Danny Rand has ever been as a character. It turns out that they are just following the logical follow-up to Defenders which is not just transitioning the Netflix / Marvel universe into crossover shows instead of standalones.
The Iron Fist / Luke Cage Defenders Defenders did strengthen Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock. Daredevil and Jessica Jones 'first outings, so it may be that Netflix simply canceled the weaker efforts – even if fixing them was a viable option.
There's also the looming specter of Disney's standalone streaming service, which is poised to compete with Netflix, Hulu, and the like. Disney has more than enough cash to keep multiple superhero drama afloat (thanks again, MCU!) And the rights to almost all Marvel characters.
With two drastic cancellations so close together, we can not help examining the implications for the opposite Netflix / Marvel universe. Ultimately, all these shows were going to end some days and are too costly and detailed to run for seven seasons like a network comedy. This may be the beginning of the end, but perhaps the end of what is always nigh at this time. In the meantime, we suggest Daredevil Season 3, now streaming on Netflix.