The cancelation of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist shocked many Marvel fans as the shows got cancelled just after their new seasons premiered on Netflix, although there was hope these shows might continue on Disney+ or Hulu. While there’s still hope, fans shouldn’t expect it to happen for a few years.
According to Variety, the deal between Netflix and Marvel Television has a clause stating that the characters from these shows cannot appear on any non-Netflix series or film until at least two years after their cancellations. This means that we won’t be seeing any of these shows until 2020.
The report further adds that the third and possibly the final season of Jessica Jones will not premiere until 2019. While the cancellation hasn’t been made official, it seems likely that Jessica Jones will follow the fate of the other popular Marvel series on Netflix.
This means that even if Disney+ or Hulu wants to rush up another season of The Defenders, they’d either make one without Jessica in 2020 or wait until 2021 when Jessica Jones becomes available again.
The report also states that The Punisher comes under a different deal than the original Defenders shows; while Netflix and Marvel announced the crossover series first, The Punisher came later. Given the nature of that agreement, it’s still unclear if The Punisher will be cancelled after its second season premieres in January 2019.
After the cancellation of Daredevil, star Charlie Cox talked about the shocking decision in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“A lot of us really expected to keep going, and I certainly did,” said Cox. “The truth is, I felt like we had a lot of stories to tell, and although I understand [the cancellation], I’m very saddened by that. It’s just how business works. But also, these characters mean a lot to people. It’s weird to think there’s a chance I won’t be playing Matt Murdock ever again. That’s a bizarre feeling, because that character has been such a huge part of my life for the last four and a half years.”