Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones have been officially cancelled by Netflix.
Only one month after the second season of The Punisher launched on the streaming service, it has bitten the bullet.
Hit show Jessica Jones has also been cancelled, brining to an end Marvel’s relationship with Netflix.
The series were the last two remaining Marvel television shows on Netflix, after the streaming service cancelled Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist last year.
While there will be no season three of The Punisher on the platform, the completed third season of Jessica Jones will air.
Netflix confirmed the move to Deadline today (February 18) stating:
Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. 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.
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. 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.
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.
The relationship between Netflix and Marvel began in 2013 when four different series and a The Defenders limited series was announced.
Jon Bernthal, who plays the Punisher himself, Frank Castle, paid tribute to the character in a post on Instagram, sharing an image from the comic book.
To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots.
I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe.
The heartfelt post has received much love from fans, garnering, at time of writing, over 85,000 likes.
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To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honor to walk in his boots. I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go Hard. Be safe.
After Marvel’s other shows were cancelled last year, it was only a matter of time until The Punisher and Jessica Jones were brought to an end.
Disney are set to unleash their own streaming service, Disney+, on the world later this year, and with both old and new Marvel content a part of the plan, the relationship with Netflix had to conclude.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.