Last week saw Iron Fist cut by Netflix on the day that Daredevil season 3 began streaming, and now comes word that Luke Cage has also been axed. It’s a somewhat surprising move, considering actor Mike Colter was still under contract and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working with a writers’ room on the development of a third season.
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and Netflix said in a statement. “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.”
According to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news, the cancelling of Luke Cage is the result of “the age old Hollywood “creative differences” and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal on how to move forward.” The idea was to craft a 10-episode third season, as opposed to the first two 13-episode seasons, and the detailed drafts had been delivered. But execs apparently weren’t too keen on what had been crafted, with a dispute rising between Marvel and Netflix as demands for new creatives came to the forefront. A cancellation was deemed to be the best way out.
There’s also the matter of cost. The Marvel shows are pricey, meaning they need higher ratings in order to prove their worth for Netflix’s spending. With so much content now available, audiences are being spread out a little more than they were when Daredevil first arrived.
As of now, Disney has not provided any insight as to whether we could see Cage or Danny Rand appear on their upcoming streaming service, which will be delivering Marvel shows focused on Scarlet Witch and Loki.
It appears that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Punisher are still on track for another season each, but there’s certainly some doubt in the air now. With Iron Fist and Luke Cage receiving the axe in such close proximity, don’t be surprised if yet another one gets cut soon. Stay tuned.