The Punisher and Jessica Jones officially cancelled by Netflix


Netflix has officially given the axe to The Punisher and Jessica Jones,  the final two Marvel shows on the streaming service to receive it.

The era of the Marvel-Netflix collaboration is officially over, as the streaming service just ended its two remaining series.

Deadline has learned that Netflix has officially cancelled both Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones. The news follows recent reports that the streaming giant would not renew the final two Marvel shows on the service. In a statement to the trade, Netflix expressed their gratitude for The Punisher and its cast and crew:

"“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”"

Unlike The Punisher, Jessica Jones still has a third season that has yet to air. With this, the Netflix confirmed that this will indeed be the final season. As with The Punisher, they also thanked the creatives behind the show for their efforts:

"“In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. 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.”"

Netflix also thanked Marvel for their partnership over the last few years and the fans for their support:

"“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.”"

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While Marvel Television did not speak directly to Deadline about the cancellations, Marvel released a letter from TV head Jeph Loeb. In the letter, Loeb reflects on the formation of the Netflix Universe, and expresses his appreciation for the numerous creatives that have been involved over the years. He included a line in which he directly references Netflix’s decision:

"“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.”"

This line may seem somewhat ambiguous, but wishful thinking may lead some fans to believe this isn’t the end for these characters. Recently, Loeb even stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if the shows were to be revived. And in initial reports, it was said that at lease some of the characters would live on in other projects.

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This is sure to be a hard pill to swallow for many fans who have grown to love this corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But if comics have taught readers anything, it’s that these characters never truly go away.