'Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season, ' Marvel and Netflix confirmed yesterday. Drafts of half of the third season scripts were submitted last week.
This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. Those words were also used on an image shared by the official Marvel's Luke Cage social media account following the announcement of the show's cancellation. Back in 2013, the streamer paid top dollar for the series, that they don't even own so cutting Luke Cage loose was a shifting bottom line call. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer's room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem's Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. The show's season two had also received positive response from both the audience and the critics.
It comes just a week after Iron Fist, another of Marvel's Defenders, was cancelled by the platform.
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Season two was released in June.
With the move, Netflix severs further ties with Marvel as the producer prepares to shift gears toward providing content for parent company Disney's yet to launch streaming services.
Netflix now has three remaining Marvel shows - Daredevil, Jessica Jones and The Punisher. Its first season was bolstered by strong performances from Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and Mahershala Ali (Cottonmouth).
The Harlem Hero's departure from the small screen has some fans wondering what the future holds for another Marvel Netflix show, Jessica Jones.