Some Marvel fans suspect that Netflix is canceling Iron fist Y Luke Cage a week apart could mean that the broadcast service seeks to merge both programs as Heroes for Hire.
Of the half dozen Marvel-Netflix productions so far – Reckless, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The defendersY The Punisher – only the series headed by Danny Rand (Finn Jones) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) were canned, and both quite abruptly: Netflix refused to give a reason when announcing the shows, saying only in joint statements that Fist Y Cage It would not be renewed for third seasons.
Language in Iron fist The cancellation statement, jointly launched through Disney and Netflix, hinted that Iron Fist would return, but not on the Netflix platform.
"Marvel & # 39; s Iron fist will not return for a third season on Netflix, "the statement said." While the Netflix series is over, the immortal Iron Fist will live. "
The suggestive accounts of the social media accounts of each series suggested even more that their respective heroes and heroines would reappear in another part of Marvel's cinematic universe: Iron fist shared an image of Rand with the "immortal" brand, with a legend that says "the story never ends," while Cage shared an image of his bulletproof superhero with a message that said "always forward."
A subsequent report Entertainment Weekly The confirmed Iron Fist will continue appearing in the Marvel universe, following a statement by Jones published on social networks that states that "with each end is a new beginning."
Shortly after Cage was canceled on Friday, Finn shared a message of solidarity on Instagram, causing Heroes for Hire speculations when he shared an image that represents the combined power of Rand and Cage's fists.
Because Disney has stopped future relationships with Netflix beyond its original contract and is launching its own broadcast service in 2019, which will house the big-budget Marvel TV series centered on Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen ), some suspects It was Disney who was responsible for the cancellations.
Netflix's Content Director, Ted Sarandos, clarified that such decisions fall solely on Netflix and that "those programs are for us to cancel."
That comment echoed what Marvel Television director Jeph Loeb said. EW in September, when questions are asked about a second series of limited crossover series The defenders, where he explained that the green lights and cancellations of Marvel TV fall into the networks, in this case, Netflix.
"Unlike the movie studio, which can announce a Captain Marvel "The film will come out in 2019, the television studio will always be in debt to our networks," said Loeb. "And so if our networks want another season of Iron fist, we are ready to go. "
Cage The showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and his writers were already developing a third season before it closed on Friday. The third season would have seen Cage acting as the new king of the Harlem police station and navigating the strong and sudden responsibility of absolute power.
A potential Heroes for Hire The series could unite Cage and Rand with fan favorites Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), as some fans have asked for a Daughters of the Dragon cleave.
"It's something that is in the air," Coker said. Empire'S Pilot TV In April, in a possible joint series starring the two heroes, who joined for the first time in The defenders before joining forces again in Cage The second season
"Internally on Marvel Television, everyone knows that there is a part of that combination that is inevitable, particularly when we see them together the way we did, if it feels good, it feels good, it feels like, & # 39; I want to see more of this combination. Heroes for Hire It really is not off the table. "