After the cancellations of multiple Marvel series, it seems the last of the bunch are officially chopped as well; today, we learn that The Punisher and Jessica Jones will not be continuing past this year.
This news follows in the footsteps of the previous cancellations — Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Daredevil — which now ends the last of the Marvel heroes’ series on the global streaming platform. According to Deadline, Netflix will continue with the second season of The Punisher which has only begun to air since Mid-January, while Jessica Jones will receive a third season as its final chapter. Read the statement given to Deadline below:
“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.”
Jon Bernthal also commented on his Instagram about the opportunity to play 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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All five aforementioned shows revolved around the introduction of the New York Marvel Universe heroes and, while some saw high praise and acclaim, others did not live up to expectations according to critics and fans.
The Punisher Season 2 is available to stream now on Netflix, while Jessica Jones Season 3 is slated to air later this year.
Learn more about the previous seasons in our rank of the best and worst Marvel x Netflix seasons.