Alan Sepinwall, who is an illustrious chief TV critic for Rolling Stone believes that Netflix’s cancelled Marvel series will not resurrect on the upcoming Disney+ network.
If Luke Cage, Iron Fist and more recently cancelled Daredevil find their way back to the screen, Sepinwall argues, they will be rebooted, each starting from the “scratch”.
Sepinwall further said that Netflix has been unhappy with some creative decisions made on the series, which came out of a deal that was “conceived badly from the start”, as it was an attempt to replicate the big screen MCU success on the small screen.
Netflix announced the cancellation of Daredevil on Thursday. Sepinwall wrote a couple of tweets in the wake of the announcement stating that the partnership between Marvel and Netflix is doomed, citing Disney’s foray into the streaming business as the cause.
Marvel TV operates independently of Marvel Studios, as the TV branch is seen by EVP Jeph Loeb, who still reports to Marvel Entertainment Chairman and former CEO Ike Perlmutter.
There was a time when Perlmutter’s indulgence in the MCU irritated Kevin Feige so much that he threatened to leave Marvel, prompting Disney CEO Bob Iger in 2015 to hand over the control of the film branch over to Disney Studios Chief Alan Horn.
This move resulted in a renaissance for Marvel Studios, which continued producing hits with Civil War, Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.
While Feige says that he doesn’t “rule anything out” when it comes to reconciling both sides of the MCU, allowing TV characters to play in the film sandbox, Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo mulled over including the Netflix heroes in Infinity War. The TV series gives side references while the films ignore their small counterparts entirely.
“The execs have already said they don’t want these shows on the Disney service. And even if they did, the nature of the contracts would make it virtually impossible,” Sepinwall tweeted when asked if Daredevil and others could relaunch on Disney+. “They’re done.”
Disney+ shows like Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision “are being produced by Marvel movie execs, who do not like or get along with the Marvel TV execs who made Daredevil et al,” Sepinwall wrote in a follow-up tweet.
“Technically, they COULD make a Luke Cage show a few years down the line. They just don’t want to.”
In his second tweet, Sepinwall opined if Disney chose to relaunch the Netflix characters. “They’d be starting over from scratch creatively, like Sony ditching the Andrew Garfield movies for Tom Holland as Spider-Man.”