Well, it was only a matter of time, but now it is official – both The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been cancelled by Netflix, bring to an end the streaming service’s partnership with Marvel that began in 2013 and also brought us Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders.
The official statement from Netflix reads:
“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.
“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.
“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.”
The news certainly wasn’t unexpected, although it is perhaps a little surprising that Netflix has decided to announce Jessica Jones’ cancellation when it still has its third season to air.
Coinciding with the news, The Punisher star Jon Bernthal shared a post to Instagram, where he seemingly bids farewell to the role of Frank Castle:
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To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots. I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe.
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