After the cancellation of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil, fans of the original Marvel-Netflix partnership came to wonder about the dubious future of Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Although they remain untouched so far, with no news of renewal but also no word on cancellations, the series is expected to be canceled soon according to the Deadline portal.
The information points out that Jon Bernthal and Krysten Ritter, stars of the programs, were not contacted for contract renewals or future seasons. While The Punisher had a new season released in January 2018, Jessica Jones’ third season has already been recorded and is set to debut later this year, probably until the end of the first half. More information is expected to be released after the launch.
Among the reasons for cancellations, it is not only the arrival of Disney streaming and, consequently, Marvel exclusivity, that complicate the way for Netflix: since the beginning of the partnership, the platform had difficulties in reaching an agreement with Marvel, beginning by the number of episodes each season.
Netflix follows a shorter pattern, averaging eight episodes per season in its original productions, while Marvel insisted on number 13 for all productions in this partnership. The numbers affected spending, making the series very expensive and unviable, since with each new season they lost their audience considerably, but also affected the quality of the programs.
Unlike many Netflix series that were highly praised, these series in cooperation with Marvel were harshly criticized by the media for being “inflated”, that is, with too many episodes that just rolled the story and made the series tiresome. The Defenders, series of encounters between the heroes, only had a single season and there were no talks for renewals.
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