Marvel Responds To Backlash Over The Punisher Being Cancelled
Marvel and Netflix have been in hot water ever since news broke that The Punisher was cancelled.
But the superhero juggernaut has finally broken it's silence, saying that it is proud of the work it did to bring not just The Punisher to the small screen but also Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist.
In a statement on it's website, Marvel said: "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!
"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.
"We loved each and every minute of it.
"And we did it all for you -- the fans -- who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it."
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Fans certainly haven't been cheering as one by one each show was taken off Netflix, with the rumour that they'll be transferred to Disney's upcoming streaming service that will be a fierce rival in the industry.
Liam wrote on Twitter: "Won't be long before I cancel my @netflix subscription. Getting rid of DareDevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage is an absolute joke."
Mikenin added: "Excuse me while I go cancel my subscription to @Netflix for cancelling all the good stuff to keep stupid stuff bring back #ThePunisher for season 3!"
Luke said: "Yo @Netflix why did you cancel The Punisher? I literally bought a subscription just for that shit. But you lost my shit hopefully @Disney makes a deal with @Hulu."
Netflix aired the second season of the show at the start of 2019, but rumours that it could be the last one started circling shortly after.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb and Steve Lightfoot, a showrunner for The Punisher The Punisher, said they had left the coast clear for a third outing to follow the season two finale, but that the show's fate lay with Netflix.
"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," Leob said.
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