Just one week ago, Netflix surprised us all by canceling after a much-improved second season. Now we can add to the casualties. Netflix unexpectedly pulled the plug on a third season today. This reduces the original Defenders to , and , whose third season just made its debut.
This is frankly a huge disappointment to fans of the Defenders series.
Here’s the joint statement from Marvel and Netflix:
“Unfortunately, will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
However, a source told the the cancellation was due to “creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season of the show.” That might come as a surprise, since a a third season was considered all but a done deal, with scripts in development and all the main actors still under contract. But then the writer’s room was suspended in September, with rumors of trimming the season from 13 episodes to ten. has more:
“It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative reign. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly in intractable and different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.”
So far there has been no comment from star Mike Colter or show runner Cheo Hodari Coker. But Finn Jones, star of the also-cancelled , showed his solidarity by posting an image on Instagram of the Iron Fist meeting the fist of Luke Cage, punctuated by two fist emojis (one black, one white) on either side of a heart.