Less than three months after the cancelation of the Netflix series Daredevil, the two remaining Marvel shows on the streaming service, The Punisher and Jessica Jones, have also been canceled, according to Deadline. The Punisher just launched its second season on January 18, and Jessica Jones will air its third season before wrapping up on Netflix.
The connected universe that included Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist, as well as the team-up The Defenders, began with Daredevil back in 2013. Netflix confirmed to the site that The Punisher will not return for a third season.
Of Jessica Jones, the site stated, “We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others.”
Of the venture as a whole, they added, “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”
The cancellation, which comes at the end of a three-day weekend for some, wasn’t a big surprise after the other three Marvel/Netflix series got the ax. Iron Fist was the first to get canceled on October 12, 2018, and that was followed by Luke Cage a week later on October 19. Then when the Daredevil news came on November 29, 2018, considering how popular the show has been on the streaming service, fans knew that the Jessica Jones and The Punisher announcements wouldn’t be far behind.
Jon Bernthal and Krysten Ritter shared their thoughts on the cancellations on Instagram:
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To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots. I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe.
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Taken a few weeks back at the table read for our SERIES FINALE. I love these people to the moon and back. It has been a dream to play Jessica alongside my amazing cast and the best crew in the business for these past 5 years. I am so grateful for every second of it. We have THE BEST fans. You guys mean the world to me and I appreciate you beyond words. The final season of #JessicaJones is coming later this year and I am proud of how we complete JJ’s journey. I can’t wait for you all to see it. Stay tuned and more to come. ??? (Also my creator/ showrunner/ partner/ bff @melissa.rosenberg is totally wearing a #krystenknitter original ☺️☺️) @rachaelmaytaylor @ekadarville @carrieannemoss @netflix @marvelsjessicajones @marvel
UPDATE: Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President of Marvel Television, has posted the following letter to fans and hinting that the shows might not be done.
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…!