Just last week, Netflix pulled the plug on the beleaguered (though, by all accounts, improving) Iron Fist, though they did so with a seemingly hopeful note for fans of the show:
— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) October 13, 2018
It sounded like wishful thinking to help soothe any potential hurt feelings within the fanbase, but tonight the next domino fell as the streaming giant opted to cancel Luke Cage right behind it.
Cage, which has been met with slightly better critical notices than Iron Fist, is a bit of a surprise axing – but there are two likely scenarios here:
- Disney has their streaming service coming online soon, and they’re wanting to bring everything related to the Marvel banner under their umbrella. If Daredevil, Punisher, and Jessica Jones all get canned, and Runaways gets pulled from Hulu, etc…then you have your answer…but…
- …much more likely, is that Netflix and Marvel Television is just combining both Cage and Iron Fist into one Heroes for Hire series, which makes sense. Iron Fist seems to have been building a head of steam finally in its closing episodes of the previous season, so there’s already a foundation to build off of for a much bigger story, as well as Luke’s new status quo. Could be a good place to find these two heroes crossing paths once again.
There’s also the question of if Netflix and Marvel fill that empty fifth slot with another series. Perhaps Misty Knight and Colleen Wing will team up for that Daughters of the Dragon show that fans are clamoring for. Or perhaps something totally new is around the corner…
Either way, Netflix had one more message to pass along:
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) October 20, 2018