Marvel-Netflix is officially dead. Just minutes after I wrote about Jon Bernthal‘s farewell to The Punisher role, Netflix announces its expected cancellation alongside Jessica Jones. The latter, however, will continue to air its third and final season soon. According to Netflix’s press release published via Deadline:
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.
Amidst this bad news, there is a silver lining for the final outing of Jessica Jones. Deadline says that the series will wrap things up and offer a satisfying finale, an opportunity not all shows were given. This marks the official end of what was once TV’s most anticipated partnership. Jeph Loeb had this to say about the end:
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience. 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.