Marvel Boss Hints It May Not Be The End For Cancelled Netflix Shows
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Since we learned that Netflix had ditched both The Punisher and Jessica Jones, we've been left wondering about the fate of both shows.
However, there could well be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, as Marvel has said their respective stories are 'to be continued'.
Executive Vice President of Marvel television, Jeph Loeb, shared an open letter on the Marvel website reflecting not only on the soon-to-be-departed shows, but also others that have recently had a similar demise, including Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
"It had never been done before," the letter began.
"Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then... they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City.
"We called them The Defenders. And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!"
Loeb continued: "They said it couldn't be done. But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes. Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft."
But then Loeb hinted that the ill-fated series could be resurrected in some way, writing: "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."
Previously, Loeb and The Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfood said that while the show's fate lay with Netflix, they had purposefully left the coast clear for a third instalment to follow the season two finale.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Loeb said: "We have a whole story in mind that would be awesome, but again, the guns are locked and loaded, but Netflix has the finger on the trigger."
However, earlier this week, Netflix confirmed the bad news for both Jessica Jones and The Punisher, saying in a statement: "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."
The statement added: "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."