Late last year, Netflix started making heavy cuts to its original Marvel content. Their premiere Marvel show, Daredevil, was one of the first to go, along with Luke Cage and the beleaguered Iron Fist. And with three of its four Defenders out of the game, The Defenders wouldn’t live to see a second season.
That left Jessica Jones and The Punisher, the latter of which worked more as a standalone series than one tied to the rest of the ever-growing Marvel universe, for better or worse. Now, according to Hollywood Reporter both of those shows have been cancelled as well. The recently released season of The Punisher will be its last, and Jessica Jones will wrap up after its upcoming third season.
The cancellations come as Disney, which owns Marvel, gets closer to unveiling Disney+, its own streaming platform, later this year. Disney+ chairman Kevin Mayer told Hollywood Reporter that “it’s a possibility the ‘high-quality shows’ could be revived on the forthcoming platform,” and the lead actor for The Punisher also said that “there will be more Frank Castle one way or the other.”
So like everything with superheroes, these endings may not really be the end. But for now it saves the writers for those shows the headache of figuring out how to incorporate the deaths and likely resurrection of 50 percent of the planet.