Just one week after Netflix canceled Iron Fist, and a few short days after they said their Marvel shows would continue to stream on their service, comes word that they are also canceling Luke Cage.
Mike Coulter played the title character. This move came as a surprise to showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker. More on the report, below.
Deadline confirmed Luke Cage‘s cancellation last week. They also provided a statement from both Marvel and Netflix:
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. 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.”
Luke Cage and Iron Fist were both a part of a package deal made by Marvel and Netflix in 2013. These shows would expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe by exploring the heroes of the streets of New York City. Other heroes included Daredevil and Jessica Jones. These shows would lead up to an eight-episode miniseries in 2017, The Defenders.
Sources tell THR that the cancellation was due in part to creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season. Another rumor says it was because of low viewership numbers. However, Netflix is known not to release those figures to the public.
A third rumor hints at the costs of making these shows. They are expensive to make, even with the New York tax cuts. So this could simply be a case of cutting costs.
Deadline adds that some of the execs had issues with the developing scripts, even though those same scripts already included notes from both Marvel and Netflix. Additionally, the writer’s room was put on hold for a week as both Netflix and Disney were trying to figure out how to go from 13 episodes to 10 episodes. These creative disagreements got so heated that Netflix just couldn’t put up with it anymore. So they just canceled it altogether.
The remaining shows include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones were a part of the original quintet deal made back in 2013. The Punisher was the result of the character’s popularity in Daredevil season two.
Daredevil season three was just released on Netflix this past weekend. Season two of Jessica Jones was released earlier this year, and season three was announced one month later. In addition, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg will be leaving the series after season three. The Punisher season two is set for a 2019 release.
Interestingly enough, Netflix published a post on Luke Cage‘s official Facebook page with the caption “Always Forward.” This is similar to what Iron Fist did when it was canceled:
Whether or not it means we will see these two again is unclear. However, this looks like it’s leading up to something related to Heroes for Hire, a small business that was owned by Luke Cage and Iron Fist. At least, that’s what fans are hoping for.
We will keep you updated as soon as more developments come in.
[Source: Deadline | THR]