Marvel's Luke Cage is canceled after two seasons by Netflix. In 2013, Marvel TV and Netflix signed a contract to launch their own corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That officially started in 2015 with season 1 of Daredevil . This was followed by the rest of the three standalone TV series as part of their first deal: Jessica Jones Luke Cage and Iron Fist . After the debut seasons of these shows – and a second outing for Daredevil – Marvel and Netflix brought together the four heroes for The Defenders miniseries. They also launched a spin-off show, The Punisher in late 201
At the beginning, the Marvel-Netflix series were critical hits, with the debut seasons of Daredevil ] Jessica Jones and Luke Cage received rave reviews. (It's unclear how good the shows were in terms of audience numbers since Netflix does not publish this information publicly.) Iron Fist and The Defenders however, were not quite as well received The Punisher has not caused nearly as much attention as the other shows. Now, Netflix has canceled its second Marvel TV show after Iron Fist was canceled last week
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THR reports that Netflix has canceled Luke Cage after two seasons. The news comes exactly one week after Iron Fist was canceled and premiered on the same day Daredevil Season 3. It has already been reported that Luke Cage was renewed as expected. Well, THR reports Luke Cage was canceled due to "creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season". Officially, Marvel and Netflix released a joint statement on the cancellation:
Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix are grateful to the dedicated showrunner, authors, cast and crew who have brought Harlem's Hero to life over the past two seasons and to all the fans who supported the series.
While Iron Fist won many viewers with his improved second season, Luke Cage Season 2 managed to boost a show already considered one of Marvel's best TV shows was praised. So it's weirder to see that Luke Cage has been canceled – though we can not compare viewership for one of Netflix's Marvel shows. That is, based on THR's report, it can not be viewer or critical reception; it may simply amount to whether Netflix and Marvel could agree to an agreement for an additional season.
After all, Marvel TV's parent company Disney is looking for its own streaming service by the end of 2019. And it has already been reported that Marvel will develop TV series with some of her movie characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch. If Disney wants all the new Marvel programs under their roof, they have to end their deal with Netflix – one show after another, it seems. Of course, that's largely speculation, since Netflix insists they retain the power to terminate or renew the Marvel shows, not Disney. But it's worth pointing out that their original deal was completed after The Defenders and a deal for each additional season and show is left to both Netflix and Disney.
What this ultimately means for the Netflix corner of the MCU is unclear at this time. But given the special shows that have been canceled, the fans undoubtedly call for the Spin Offs daughters from the Dragon and / or Heroes for Hire. Whether or not they are lit up green – and whether they're on Netflix or Disney's streaming service remains to be seen.
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