Luke Cage Cancelled At Netflix After Two Seasons
Marvel’s Netflix series’ have been offering viewers a look at the darker side of the MCU, beginning with the street-level exploits of Daredevil and expanding to include the likes of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. Each hero has brought their own spin in defending their respective areas of New York and grew to become welcome additions to the live-action Marvel universe.
However, it looks like this big slate of superhero shows wasn’t meant to last. As reported by Deadline, Luke Cage is not scheduled to return for a third season and has been effectively cancelled Netflix. Marvel and Netflix’s decision to end the series was quoted in a statement.
Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) October 20, 2018
The cancellation of Luke Cage is said to have been a surprise for both fans and those behind the scenes, as scripting and negotiations for a third outing had already been well underway. However, “rising tensions” and “creative differences” over the series’ future ultimately stalled talks of premiering any further episodes on the streaming service.
Luke Cage’s exit from Netflix happens just a week after fellow Marvel series Iron Fist was also decidedly cancelled after also airing its second season. This news was also a surprise for everyone involved, especially after the series last left off on a dynamic-shifting cliffhanger. While it’s unfortunate that two Marvel shows bit the dust, it was confirmed that “the immortal Iron Fist will live on” in one form or another. It’s reasonable to expect Luke Cage could return in similar fashion as well.
— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) October 13, 2018
A number of avenues could be explored to further the story of Iron Fist or Luke Cage, the most obvious of which being crossovers with remaining shows such as Jessica Jones or Daredevil. Marvel could also take this opportunity to spearhead an all-new series featuring the two shows’ casts. A ‘Heroes for Hire’ series teaming-up the two titular defenders could be a worthwhile pursuit, as would a female-focused ‘Daughters of the Dragon’ spin-off featuring the characters of Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. While subjects of speculation, neither of these potential projects have been officially announced as of yet.
What do you think? Are you bummed that Luke Cage isn’t getting any more episodes, or are you confident the Hero of Harlem will surely return is some fashion? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more featured from the realm of comic books, check out these next few news stories:
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