Netflix Cleans House: Cancels Luke Cage Days After Ending Iron First

When last we saw of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), he had just made the surprising decision to go from Hero of Harlem to Kingpin of Harlem, all in an effort to control the flow of crime in his part of town.  It looks like we won’t be seeing how that all turns out on Netflix, as the streaming giant has let it be known that Luke Cage won’t be returning for a 3rd season.  This, coming off the heels of news from a few days ago, that fellow Netflix MCU show and Hero-for-Hire partner, Iron Fist had also gotten the axe.  Plus, with Netflix having no plans to let the Defenders have another go, we’re down to just three shows left on Netflix.  Daredevil (which is now streaming its 3rd season), Jessica Jones, and The Punisher.

Below, was Netflix and Marvel Television‘s joint statement…

“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,”

The recent string of cancellations is surprising, but it isn’t head-scratching.  With Disney forming their own streaming service, they’ve made it clear that they are willing to let their current licenses expire in order to bring their series to their upcoming service.  That means, while they may release joint statements and say that they intend to make Marvel shows for Netflix, it’s seeming more and more likely that this partnership we once adored, is coming to an end.  

While this is all spelling the end for the Netflix-MCU collab, this all may not spell the end for one-half of the DefendersDisney could still bring back Luke Cage and Iron Fist for the Disney streaming service, as Luke Cage and Iron Fist were produced by Disney for Netflix.  That gives them every right to continue the story, just on their own terms.

As more news unfolds in regards to cancellations and renewals on the Disney Streaming Service, we’ll have it here on Cinelinx!