One week after Iron Fist was canned and the same day that the long awaited third season of Daredevil launched, Netflix has canceled Luke Cage.
The news comes from Deadline, who published an official statement from Marvel, Disney and Netflix regarding the cancellation of the popular series:
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season, Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “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.”
This cancellation of Luke Cage comes as quite the shocker. Following the incredible second season, a writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for an extended period of time, producing scripts, with a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion.
The axing of the Mike Colter-led series apparently stems from a mixture of creative differences and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal, according to insiders. The report also mentioned that Netflix was not particularly impressed by the delivered Season 3 scripts.
The writers room was recently put on hold, and we hear a behind-the-scenes turmoil ensued this week. There was reportedly a disagreement between the team on where to take the show creatively and the potential for personnel changes, leading to the cancelation.
With Luke Cage and Iron Fist both receiving cancellations, it could mean a number of things. Besides the turmoil clearly faced within both shows, Netflix could be setting up a long plan here for spin-offs. The potential for both a Heroes for Hire series and a Daughters of the Dragon spin-off seem all the more likely now. However, one has to wonder if Netflix’s cancelling of Marvel shows has anything to do with Disney’s entry into the streaming service market.