Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ canceled by Netflix

Cristina Cross
October 24, 2018

With mounting, behind-the-scenes tensions between Marvel and Netflix, a cancellation seemed like the only option in the end. Because Luke Cage's Season 2 ending sure set up an intriguing premise for Season 3 that showed Cage taking over the club used as a favorite haunt for his villains.

Both Marvel's Iron Fist and Luke Cage were recently canceled by Netflix after two seasons apiece. While Daredevil's third season just hit the service on Friday and The Punisher season 2 is already on the way, there hasn't been a peep about Jessica Jones season 2 or another season of The Defenders.

The Netflix series aired its second season last June. Well, Matt Murdock earned nothing but stellar reviews for his admittedly bleak third installment, but this mass Netflix exodus serves as a pointed reminder that no series is safe from Disney's axe, as the Mouse House prepares to get its ducks in a row ahead of the aforementioned streaming service booting online sometime next year. If that wasn't insane enough, Netflix went all out and announced the shocking cancellation of Luke Cage.

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Colter posted a photo with his daughter to Twitter and wrote, "I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and I thank you wonderful fans".

According to Deadline, Netflix moved to kill Luke Cage following tension that began rising at the start of October. "Just a tragedy losing this great show". But more immediately, fans are anxious that Daredevil, which kicked off its third season last Friday, will be the streaming platform's next superhero series to get the ax.

Given how baffling this news was to fans, they aren't sitting sweetly and just accepting Netflix's decision.

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Iron Fist also saw a dramatic drop in social media buzz.

Coincidentally, the initial "Luke Cage" season two trailer features Rakim's "I Ain't No Joke" classic. It would have been a Sweet Christmas if things had worked out differently for the superhero series. Fans are also hopeful that a Heroes for Hire series will come to fruition. It's an interesting move for Netflix to cancel the only minority character in their Marvel lineup.

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