Marvel purge continues as Netflix cancels ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Punisher’

And then, there was none…

Yeah, the last of the Marvel shows are now canceled on streaming service Netflix.

However, the third season of Jessica Jones will still air on Netflix later this year. Meanwhile, the second season of The Punisher was released in January.

“‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ will not return for a third season on Netflix,” the company said Monday in a statement, according to Deadline. “Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and the 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,’” the Netflix statement continued. “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 two series are the final victims of Netflix’s Marvel purge, after “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage” and “Daredevil” were canceled last year to the shock of many fans.

The move effectively ends the multi-series partnership between Marvel and Netflix that launched in 2013 and brought multiple characters together in the somewhat tepidly received superhero team-up miniseries “The Defenders.”

Bernthal (Frank Castle) posted his thoughts about the cancellations on Instagram. He said that he was “endlessly grateful” to the community that has uplifted the character.

Marvel has not said whether these characters’ journeys will continue in some form, although the company did previously hint there might be more to come from fan-favorite Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox.

Meanwhile, a new streaming service from Marvel’s parent company Disney is on the horizon, with a planned series focused on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and another expected to star Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch.

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