Many Marvel fans are still stunned at the cancellation of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix.
This news came almost a week after Netflix cancelled Iron Fist. Without another season of The Defenders, Marvel’s TV series has come down to three shows from six. However, new details about the sudden cancellation reveal that it might have something to do with the viewership.
This comes via a new report from THR, which states that the show got cancelled due to many reasons. One could be creative differences, although it’s unclear if it was between Marvel TV and showrunner Cheo Coker or between Netflix and Marvel. Another reason could be the two entities not agreeing on terms for a third season.
These reasons make it look like the viewership wasn’t the issue with Luke Cage, however, we can’t be sure that it didn’t affect the series completely, given that Netflix never released those statistics. However, based on the fan response on social media, viewership might not have been the real problem.
Here’s the joint statement issued by Marvel and Netflix post-cancellation:
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint 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.”
Showrunner Coker also took to social media to thank his supporters.
“A lot [of] memories,” Coker tweeted. “A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always…”