Which Marvel Shows Are Leaving Netflix and Why
Marvel fans were in for a shock when Netflix recently announced that it would be cancelling a number of Marvel shows from its platform. This move has left fans wondering which shows will be removed and what the reason behind it is.
The Marvel TV universe began with the hit show “Daredevil” in 2015, followed by “Jessica Jones”, “Luke Cage”, “Iron Fist”, and “The Punisher”. All these shows were set within the same fictional universe as the Marvel Cinematic Universe and were hugely popular with fans.
However, the first to go was “Iron Fist”. The show starred Finn Jones as Danny Rand, a billionaire who returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. Despite being initially praised for its action sequences, the show received mixed reviews for its writing and characterization in the following two seasons.
Following “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” was cancelled after two seasons. Although it was widely acclaimed for its representation of black culture and politics, the show was deemed too expensive to produce for Netflix. The cost of the show, combined with the dwindling viewership numbers after the second season, led to the cancellation of the series.
Next up was “Daredevil”. Unfortunately, the show got the axe shortly after its widely praised third season, which saw the return of Wilson Fisk and the introduction of Bullseye. According to Netflix, this decision was based on business reasons alone but fans speculate that the cancellation was due to them wanting to cut ties with Marvel altogether.
In February 2019, Netflix cancelled “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones”. “The Punisher” followed the story of former Marine Frank Castle, and his quest for revenge against those who killed his family. While the show was critically acclaimed, it was deemed too violent and dark for the platform by some. “Jessica Jones” followed super-powered private investigator Jessica Jones, who faced off against some of the most devious villains in the Marvel universe. Netflix decided to cancel the show due to a decline in viewership and engagement, as well as the platform’s desire to focus on its original content.
So why did Netflix decide to cut ties with Marvel? One reason is that Disney, which owns Marvel, recently announced that it will be launching its own streaming service, Disney+, in 2019. The service will feature Marvel content such as a Loki and Scarlet Witch series, which has made Netflix’s deal with Marvel increasingly complex. Another reason is that Netflix’s focus on original content, which is cheaper to produce, means that it no longer has room for high-budget shows like those in the Marvel universe.
In conclusion, the Marvel series on Netflix have been a huge hit with fans and have brought a new level of excitement to the Marvel universe. However, the streaming giant has been forced to cut ties with Marvel due to a combination of business reasons and the changing landscape of the streaming industry. While fans may be disappointed, it’s important to remember that the Marvel universe is vast and there are sure to be more exciting projects in the future.