Netflix has decided to drop the hammer on yet another superhero show — Luke Cage is officially no more after just two seasons on the service.
In a statement today (via Deadline), Marvel and Netflix had the following to say about the decision to ax the series:
“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.”
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This news comes on the heels of Netflix canceling another Marvel property in Iron Fist after just two seasons, and of course, this makes you wonder a number of different conspiracy theories. Did Netflix hurt their own programming by airing all of these superhero shows too close to each other? Or, are we seeing these Marvel shows heading out leading to the new Disney streaming service?
If there’s one positive spin we can offer here, it is that Luke Cage and Iron Fist could star in a Heroes for Hire series … at least in our head. There’s no word on if this could actually happen, but it’s an enticing prospect to think about.
At least, for the time being, Netflix does still have three other superhero properties in Daredevil, The Punisher, and Jessica Jones on the air, but in the light of some of these new developments, we are certainly starting to think that these shows could also be on borrowed time. We don’t like to think about the possibility, but it’s definitely something that we are more aware of in light of what Netflix has done over the past couple of weeks. This has been a time of a lot of movement for the service, given that they also announced that Orange is the New Black is ending (not canceled; the writers knew in advance) and there are reports out there about the future of Fuller House.
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