We were all a bit in shock when Marvel shows on Netflix started getting canceled one after the other last year. In a matter of weeks, we lost Iron Fist, then Luke Cage and even more shockingly, Daredevil was murdered by executives as well. As far as speculation goes, it is only a matter of time before we lose Jessica Jones and The Punisher too.
But not all is without hope. Rumors of other networks and streaming services showing interest in these properties are constantly coming, and 2019 is certainly going to be a year of changes for Marvel TV, with Disney+ right around the corner and Disney owning the majority of Hulu when the Fox purchase comes to a close. Now, Marvel’s head of TV Jeph Loeb had something to say about Marvel shows that were recently cancelled.
I would not be surprised if any of those things reemerged. It depends on showrunner, it depends on availability of cast, all of those things. It’s not like we’re a doctor show where the show got canceled because of bad ratings. These are shows that have very different reasons [for ending], most of which I’m not at liberty to talk about, nor should anyone really care at the end of day.
This may be far from a confirmation that any show will actually be back, but it sure gives fans an ounce of hope that we might see some of these guys again. We know already that Disney+ will not feature R-rated content, which makes it a very unlikely home for the former Netflix shows. As fans, our biggest hope should be Hulu, as soon as Disney owns the majority of it sometime this year. The streaming service already has an MCU show, The Runaways, and an executive recently showed interest in cancelled Marvel shows.
Here’s to hoping!