Netflix Wipes Out The Rest Of Its Marvel Shows, Cancels The Punisher And Jessica Jones
In 2017 we heard the first news that an adaptation of The Punisher was coming to Netflix. It was the latest in Netflix’s line of super-gritty Marvel adaptations — the story of vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) overlapping with those of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil, but he’s not really part of the Defenders, or The Defenders.
Yet late last year, Netflix started making heavy cuts to its original Marvel content.
Daredevil, was one of the first to go, along with Luke Cage and the beleaguered Iron Fist. And with three of its four Defenders out of the game, The Defenders wouldn't live to see a second season.
Now, according to Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been cancelled as well. The recently released season of The Punisher will be its last, and Jessica Jones will wrap up after its upcoming third season.
The cancellations come as Disney, which owns Marvel, gets closer to unveiling Disney+, its own streaming platform, later this year.
Not only is it quietly hoovering up major media franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars in a truly wholesale fashion, but it's also overtaken many of its major network rivals in embracing the age of streaming on a big scale.
Disney+ chairman Kevin Mayer told Hollywood Reporter that "it's a possibility the 'high-quality shows' could be revived on the forthcoming platform," and the lead actor for The Punisher also said that "there will be more Frank Castle one way or the other."
However the relationship between Marvel and Disney has always been quite rocky.
In 1994 Marvel Comics signed a deal with what is today NBC/Universal, allowing them to use Marvel branding and characters in some of their theme park rides throughout the world.
As a result, Disneyland's new wing, initially intended to be called "The Marvel Experience", now has to find a new way of marketing its obvious superhero schtick without using the word 'Marvel' at all.
Another, even weirder stipulation of the agreement Marvel penned back in the 90s states that every Marvel character is allowed only one theme park ride on each side of the Mississippi River. If you had to go back and read that again with an intensely furrowed brow, we don't blame you.
This means that neither Disney or Marvel will be allowed to use, for instance, Spiderman in any of their new rides at Disneyland, as he already has a themed ride at Universal Studios in Orlando.