Following on the heels of the Iron Fist cancellation, Netflix cancelled Luke Cage. Netflix has pulled the plug on Luke Cage, Variety reports. Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos recently said the Defenders series are completely Netflix's to cancel and that the streaming network is "super happy with their performance so far".
Time will tell what's in store for the remaining Marvel shows in Netflix's roster - Daredevil, which just debuted its third season; The Punisher; and Jessica Jones, which just lost its showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg, in August after she signed a new deal with Warner Bros. TV.
Showrunner Cheo Hoadari Coker shared a touching sentiment on his Twitter page. However, the critical and fan following for Luke Cage may allow the show to live on in some form. And the series' storytelling issues nearly always came down to the classic Netflix bloat; both Luke Cage seasons were a highly intriguing 6-8 episode story stretched into 13 chapters, resulting in scenes largely running about four minutes too long every time. For now there are no plans for Marvel to revive Luke Cage on the upcoming Disney streaming service. In fact, when Iron Fist was canceled, it was hinted that the character would still return, leading many to believe the a team-up of the two characters in a Heroes for Hire story arc would finally play out.
The double cancellation of Iron Fist and Luke Cage robs viewers of two kickass women of color: Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing and Simone Missick's Misty Knight. Another series, "The Punisher", was also later added to the mix. The executives reportedly couldn't agree on the scripts for the third season. The second season premiered in June.