It’s official: the end of the Netflix-Marvel era is here. Netflix announced on Monday, per Deadline, that Marvel’s The Punisher has been canceled, as has Jessica Jones. The news comes exactly one month after The Punisher season two premiered; Jessica Jones season three has yet to air. Deadline reports that Netflix will air those episodes, but the series won’t be renewed for a fourth season.
“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,” said a representative for Netflix in a statement. “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.” They added, “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.”
Netflix added, “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.”
Meanwhile, a representative at Marvel said, “On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience. Our network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that.”
The Punisher and Jessica Jones getting axed doesn’t come as a surprise. Netflix previously canceled Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist in late 2018. Thus, saying goodbye to Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle felt inevitable, though fans clung to rumors of a potential third season. Meanwhile, fans will get one last chance to see Ritter’s Jessica Jones in new episodes. Jessica Jones‘ season three release date is yet to be announced.
Bernthal took to Instagram on Monday with a semi-cryptic goodbye to his character, who first appeared in this ‘verse in Daredevil season two.
Meanwhile, Bernthal is slated to appear in the Sopranos prequel, alongside the likes of Vera Farmiga.
Marvel is also moving on — to Hulu. When Disney’s merger with Fox is complete, the former will become a majority stakeholder in the streaming service, making it an ideal location for darker Marvel content that won’t fit on the incoming Disney+. Last week, Marvel announced that it is teaming up with Hulu for four adult animated series that will culminate in a crossover series, following the Defenders model used with Netflix. More Marvel content is slated to run on Disney+, reportedly featuring characters and creators plucked straight from the MCU.