“And then there were none”. Exactly a month after the launch of its second season on Netflix, Marvel’s The Punisher has officially been cancelled along with Jessica Jones to officially end the run of all of the Marvel-Netflix originals. The completed third season of Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter will still air later in the year but will be put on ice for good after that.
In speaking with Deadline, Netflix confirmed, “Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix”. They further added, “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.”
The writings were on the wall with the cancellations of Iron Fist, Luke Cage and even more recently Daredevil only a few short weeks after its third season arrived in January. It also comes along with the announcement that there would not be a follow-up for the limited series The Defenders.
Bernthal took to Instagram this morning to offer a cryptic farewell of sorts: