Sweet Christmas! Can it be true?
Has another great show been given the axe?
Unfortunately, that is the case for Marvel’s Luke Cage.
According to reports, Netflix has chosen to cancel Marvel’s Luke Cage after a two season run. This is the second cancellation after Iron Fist was given the axe last week.
Needless to say, this is quite a surprise to one and all. Deadline reveals a third season was in the works at Netflix and Marvel TV. Mike Colter was all ready to return as Luke Cage. However, at the eleventh hour, all parties could not come to a deal.
In a statement, the powers that be say, “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.”
There were also creative differences with regard to the series. As Deadline‘s Dominic Patten states, “We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.”
Apparently, the third season would go from 13 episodes to just 10. This makes one recall the second season of Iron Fist, which was just ten episodes.
The cancellation of Luke Cage leaves three Marvel shows still active at Netflix. Daredevil‘s third season is here, Jessica Jones is wrapping up its third season, and the second season of Punisher is on the way. And we know that a second Defenders season is not in the cards.
Where Luke Cage goes from here is anyone’s guess. The character could reappear on Jessica Jones as a main, supporting or guest role. Or he might make an appearance on a future season of Daredevil. One possibility is that Luke pops up on the new Disney streaming service. Another option is making a Heroes For Hire television series.
Marvel fans wish to know if Luke could join an MCU movie. While Kevin Feige is preparing series for Loki and Scarlet Witch, there is no talk of what other ideas he might be working on. While it is a long shot, there is a chance that Luke might appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. After all, Charlie Cox has a film clause that says he will play the role of Daredevil in a movie. It stands to reason that Colter has a similar clause in his contract.
What are your thoughts on Marvel’s Luke Cage getting the axe? Have we seen the last of the Hero from Harlem? Sound off below!