Deadline had recently reported that the final two Marvel/Netflix shows The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been canceled.

As the only two series from the TV arm of the comic giant still left on the streamer, there will be no Season 3 of the Jon Bernthal led vigilante series, I’ve learned. The completed third season of the Krysten Ritter starring Jessica Jones will still appear on the streamer but will be put on ice for good after that.

This marks the end of the multi-series, big bucks and big ambitions relationship between Marvel and Netflix that started in 2013 with the announcement of four series and a The Defenders limited series.

Joining cohorts Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist that had been also canceled not too long ago.

Marvel has also released a message from Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb confirming the news. The release was obviously sparked by an Instagram post made by Punisher actor Jon Bernthal that confirmed the Deadline report but has since been deleted.

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. 

So, Thank You!

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…!

– Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television

Loeb seemingly teasing their possible return in some form, as the head of Hulu suggested last week they are open to the idea of being the homestead for the mature Marvel series. A second life on Hulu could be where they are heading as Disney+ isn’t going to be a streaming platform for mature shows like these.


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