There have certainly been a number of questions regarding the future of The Punisher, like some other Marvel – Netflix shows before it. Will it be canceled? There are already rumors out there about it.
No matter what’s ultimately confirmed, though, is that if the show ends, clearly Marvel doesn’t want to hold any responsibility in it at all — they would like to see it continue. Speaking in a new interview with IndieWire, this is something that was addressed by executive producer Jeph Loeb, who helps to oversee a number of television properties at the network:
“It’s an unfortunate reality to any relationship between a network and a studio in that the network always has the right at any time to cancel a show … And we’ve been very lucky that our shows have lived on, and that we’ve had the fun, but everyone can name a show that they love that has gotten canceled. But we do, and I think we’ve made it very clear, that this is not our call. This is Netflix’s call.”
The easiest way in which to summarize what Loeb is saying here is that if The Punisher gets canceled, it’s not something that the folks at Marvel want or are calling for because of Disney’s new streaming service or anything else. It’s up to Netflix if they want to keep it going. Maybe they are wanting to get out of the Marvel industry because of Disney’s service, or because of some other factors that are not entirely clear like cost or the show’s performance behind the scenes.
No matter what the reasoning behind the scenes is for some Marvel shows’ cancellation, we imagine that Netflix is going to have to speak to it soon enough. The moment that executives from the streaming company are in front of reporters, we imagine that they are going to be peppered with all sorts of questions when it comes to the decisions on Daredevil, Luke Cake, Iron Fist, and potentially this show. Jessica Jones is the only other Netflix show that is within the Marvel family, and we do at least know that there is another season coming for it. We’re glad that there is something more worth looking forward to, but there could be some sadness that goes along with it if this pattern continues. It’s already there with The Punisher, in the sense that the cast and crew are likely aware of a potential demise before it even happens.
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