Monday, February 18, 2019

Netflix Cancels 'The Punisher' and 'Jessica Jones'

Netflix has today decided to cancel its original drama series The Punisher and Jessica Jones which effectively ends the partnership between the streaming service and Marvel. The second season of The Punisher was released in January 2019. Production has already wrapped on the third season of Jessica Jones, though no premiere date has been set yet.

Netflix released the following statement today: "Marvel's The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come. In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel's Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning."

Meanwhile, the head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb delivered a more cryptic statement today: "On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn't be more proud or more grateful to our audience. Our network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters - but you know Marvel better than that. As Matthew Murdock's dad once said, 'The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it's how he gets back up.' To be continued."