Netflix cancels Marvel's ‘Luke Cage' ahead of third season

Danny Woods
October 20, 2018

It's unclear if Luke Cage will be reborn on Disney's streaming channel, or if the company will scrap the show all together in favor of new Marvel programming. In fact, when Iron Fist was canceled, it was hinted that the character would still return, leading many to believe the a team-up of the two characters in a Heroes for Hire story arc would finally play out. A writer's room had reportedly already started work on a third season of "Luke Cage" for an expected 10 episode order but then Netflix opted to cancel the series on Friday after continued turmoil with Marvel over the direction of the series.

Coincidentally, the initial "Luke Cage" season two trailer features Rakim's "I Ain't No Joke" classic.

Netflix issued a statement saying "Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season".

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Starring Mike Colter, Luke Cage was introduced in 2015 during the first season of Jessica Jones with his own series, from showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, premiering a year later. The report indicates that the two sides grew far apart over the past 48 hours due to "creative differences" and "rising tensions" over the direction of the show.

This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. Drafts of half of the third season scripts were submitted last week.

Streaming giant Netflix is flexing its own super powers and putting an immediate end to its "Luke Cage" series. As Deadline notes, this means the plug could get pulled on Jessica Jones Season 3 or The Punisher Season 2 at any point in development or production, which doesn't inspire confidence. However, with the axe swinging, a lack of Daredevil Season 4 would be the clearest indication that the once warm and fuzzy halcyon days between Marvel and Netflix had hit an ice age. However, fans also are anxious about what these sudden cancellations could mean for another Marvel Netflix series - Jessica Jones. Let us know in the comment section below!

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