It was only a matter of time.
Today, Netflix confirmed its cancellation of Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, according to Deadline, signaling the end of Marvel’s years-long partnership with the streaming service that gave us gems like Daredevil and The Defenders.
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “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.”
Despite its cancellation, Marvel’s Jessica Jones will still air its upcoming third season, although Netflix remains tight-lipped on a release date. (Season Two hit the service on March 8 last year, in lieu of International Women’s Day.)
“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,” Netflix said.
Marvel TV also issued its own statement in response to the cancellation:
“It had never been done before. 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.
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…!”
Netflix released its sophomore season of Marvel’s The Punisher only last month. Lead actor Jon Bernthal took to Instagram, responding to the show’s cancellation:
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To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots. I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe.
A post shared by Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal) on Feb 18, 2019 at 7:49am PST
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