This Is The Real Reason Netflix Canceled All Their Marvel Shows
Rest in peace, the last of the Marvel-Netflix superhero series. On Monday, February 18th, 2019, Deadline delivered harrowing news to the masses – both The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been cancelled at Netflix. The two streaming shows that stood strong after Netflix pulled the plug on Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the much-loved Daredevil in an unprecedented axe-swinging session in late 2018, The Punisher and Jessica Jones helped make up the Marvel Television corner of the streamer’s content library. Their cancellations mean that there are no longer any non-cancelled, Netflix-backed Marvel shows on the platform.
Marvel’s The Punisher, or simply The Punisher, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot, based on the Marvel Comicscharacter of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films and other television series of the franchise, and is a spin-off of Marvel’s Daredevil. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Bohemian Risk Productions, with Lightfoot serving as showrunner.
The series revolves around Frank Castle, who uses lethal methods to fight crime as the vigilante “the Punisher”, with Jon Bernthal reprising the role from Daredevil. Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Jason R. Moore, and Deborah Ann Woll also star. They are joined by Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Daniel Webber, Paul Schulze, Michael Nathanson, and Jaime Ray Newman in the first season, with Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima, Giorgia Whigham, joining for the second season. A television series centered on the Punisher received a put pilot commitment at Fox in 2011, but that project fell through. In June 2015, Bernthal was cast as the character to appear in the second season of Daredevil. Development on a spin-off titled The Punisher began by January 2016, before the second season of Daredevil was released. In April 2016, Marvel and Netflix ordered the series, confirmed Bernthal’s involvement, and announced Lightfoot as executive producer and showrunner. The series was filmed in New York City.
All episodes of the first season were released on November 17, 2017. A month later, the series was renewed for a second season, which was released on January 18, 2019. On February 18, 2019, Netflix canceled the series after two seasons.