Marvel Television and Netflix released a statement yesterday that said the much-loved show Luke Cage, an action/drama Netflix Original, won’t be picked up for a third season. The statement goes on to say that they are thankful for the crew’s hard work and for the fan’s support of Harlem’s Hero. This news comes on the heels of another recent cancellation just last week, that of Iron Fist, another Netflix and Marvel Television show. Iron Fist, like Luke Cage, ran for two seasons and crossed over with other Marvel/Netflix shows in the only season of The Defenders before being discontinued. Despite this though, Netflix and Marvel’s joint statement about the cancelling of Iron Fist ended with some hope that the Defender of K’un-Lun may return elsewhere, while the statement about Luke Cage carried no such optimism.
This news has disappointed many fans, especially because both shows have plot threads that will probably disappear along with these cancellations. However, even though these two have just gotten the axe, that doesn’t mean that the rest of Marvel’s shows will be leaving anytime soon. Daredevil Season 3 released on October 19th to positive reviews, and Jessica Jones and The Punisher have both been greenlit for new seasons, which are set to release presumably in 2019.
With both of these shows being dropped, there is much speculation about just what exactly is going on over at Netflix. It’s rare for them to cancel even one show, so for them to end two within the span of a week is definitely unusual. One main idea that’s been circulating around the Internet is that with these two shows in particular being cancelled, this could be because Netflix and Marvel are intending to combine them into a new Heroes for Hire show. For those unaware, in the comics Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Luke Cage teamed up to start a small crime-fighting business called Heroes for Hire, in which the two of them went out on smaller, street-level missions to help those in need. Think The A-Team meets superheroes. While there’s been no actual evidence to support this, that hasn’t stopped fans from wondering.
Another point of speculation centers around Disney’s plans of starting up their own streaming service next year. When they do this, they’ll move over all of their movies and TV shows to this new platform. This could mean that Marvel Television is simply following Disney’s orders to cancel some shows as they get ready to make the leap to this new platform. This is probably not the case however, since not only are the current three Marvel shows staying on Netflix, the Netflix/Marvel deal ensures that the shows will stay on Netflix long after they’ve ended.
So with Heroes for Hire being a distant dream and the shows seeming to stay right where they are, many are wondering just what the future of these shows and their characters are. Well, even if their own shows have been taken away, Danny Rand and Luke Cage might not be going that far away after all. It’s already been well-established that all of the Marvel Netflix shows take place in the same universe together, alongside the MCU and Marvel Network shows (like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). So just because their individual journeys might have ended, there’s still nothing saying that these characters and their worlds can’t be picked up and explored by some of the other shows. Luke Cage got his introduction in Jessica Jones anyway, so having him return for her third season seems only right with his show gone. And Danny Rand can potentially pop up and join forces with the likes of Daredevil or The Punisher for an episode or two, similar to his outing in Season 2 of Luke Cage.
While their own solo adventures may be over (at least for now), we can rest assured in knowing that the characters we’ve grown to love probably won’t be going anywhere in the long run. It may not be in the format that we prefer, but as long as we can see them return and continue their stories in one way or another, Luke Cage and Danny Rand won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
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