Luke Cage got canceled by Netflix and Marvel on Friday, just one week after the cancellation of Iron Fist — and fans are upset and shocked about it.
The series was expected to return for its third season, joining Jessica Jones and Daredevil for the third season.
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and Netflix said in a joint statement announcing the cancellation. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
No reason has been mentioned for the abrupt cancellation. Like, Iron Fist, this has come as particularly upsetting for fans, leaving them frustrated.
The third season three was already under development by showrunner Cheo Hodari Colter. According to Colter, the new season would have explored “Luke’s ability to govern and be fair,” with the bulletproof protector becoming the new king-slash-sheriff of Harlem.
“We’re going to see how he deals with this power because we know absolute power can corrupt absolutely,”
“And sometimes when you don’t have someone checking you, someone to put you in place, someone to tell you ‘you can’t do that,’ we sometimes get out of control. We see that everywhere…. Luke is in Harlem, and so Harlem is going to be his place that he’s going to have to control. And I think he’s decided to use organized crime in a very not practical way.”
Here are Twitter reactions:
— ㅤ (@ZachRogacion) 20 October 2018
Luke Cage’s fate was sealed after this pic.twitter.com/1kc7C7uaY9
— È̡̧͈̩͔̲̰̠͎͎̲͚̹̀͟R͠҉̡͙̗͚͎̪͚͉̤̼͍̮̻̝͙͔̣͡Į̜̯͈̱̖̯̱́ͅC (@AgeOfMyself) 20 October 2018
*Iron Fist cancelled*
*Luke Cage cancelled*
Jessica Jones: I don’t care
Netflix: *whispers* You’re next… pic.twitter.com/ldI8yVVhWh
— Walt (@UberKryptonian) 20 October 2018
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) 20 October 2018
Both Iron Fist and Luke Cage are canceled; so can we finally get a Heroes For Hire TV show? pic.twitter.com/ZN987KxJkI
— Jacob (@JacobGrimm_) 20 October 2018
If we don’t get a Heroes for Hire series outta this, Netflix better square up for cancelling Luke Cage pic.twitter.com/tlG8sZNwHf
— SWOOP N Ë O (@NeoGameSpark) 20 October 2018
netflix really be passing out cancellations like they’re skittles and it’s halloween
— ola. ? (@emotozeextremo) 20 October 2018
Me trying to figure out Disney/Marvel’s master plan after Iron Fist and Luke Cage have been cancelled. pic.twitter.com/qgssSpsIMk
— TC (@TCDoesComics) 20 October 2018
DC shows are doing better than Marvel shows … HOW HOW HOW pic.twitter.com/2BgpmElcaj
— ri (@dayaspatton) 20 October 2018
Luke Cage & Iron Fist snapped out of existence.. only Daredevil and Jessica Jones remain. Perfectly balanced. pic.twitter.com/vBkJeRPvLr
— I can’t think of a name… (@eaphen) 20 October 2018
When Marvel Netflix cancels trash Iron Fist but then season 3 of Daredevil premieres and it’s again god-tier but then they cancel Luke Cage which was good but then… pic.twitter.com/WbkeKkpPa6
— Kyle Popovich (@kylepop16) 20 October 2018
Luke Cage and Iron Fist are both cancelled which means no Misty Knight and Iron Fist team up pic.twitter.com/NCOf0rNHu4
— zoë (@ifmnlghtcudtalk) 20 October 2018
Luke Cage and Iron Fist needed to be put out of their misery. These were mercy killings.
— Thickamaru Nara (@Aphrothighty) 20 October 2018
I guess LUKE CAGE isn’t bulletproof from cancellation. 🙁
— Dan Marcus (@Danimalish) 20 October 2018
It just shows that Luke Cage and Iron Fist didn’t survive the snap pic.twitter.com/qjMyGrOynh
— Cad (@cadbane86140) 20 October 2018
RIP Marvel’s Iron Fist.
RIP Marvel’s Luke Cage. pic.twitter.com/hTTcFFcO1x
— Alain Baltazar (@0nlyAlain) 20 October 2018
Speculations reveal that Marvel and Netflix could partner on a Heroes for Hire television series, merging both
Luke Cage and Iron Fist, given both heroes, are long time best friends.
The decision to axe Luke Cage could be tied to Marvel owners Disney, who intend to populate its own streaming service with its MCU characters. Disney is currently reported to begin working on its own TV series for Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Disney Play will launch next year and will be “the biggest priority of the company” in 2019, said Disney CEO Bob Iger.