It’s been rumoured for some time that The Punisher was going to be cancelled by Netflix after hey systematically cancelled all their other Marvel shows despite the fact that they were immensely popular, and they’ve confirmed today that The Punisher his indeed going to suffer the same fate.
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Here’s the official line from the online streaming platform which has also cancelled Jessica Jones, the only other remaining Marvel property in their roster:
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,
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.
Bummer. I suppose you can’t really say that we didn’t see it coming though can we? There’s also the possibility that the shows might be revived elsewhere, as hinted at in Marvel TV’s statement:
It had never been done before. Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then …they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City. We called them The Defenders.
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in! They said it couldn’t be done.But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes. Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft.
We loved each and every minute of it.
And we did it all for you — the fans — who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it.
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience. Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that,” the company added.
As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up. To be continued…!
I mean that would be nice wouldn’t it? Can’t see it happening any time soon though and it would probably be a tall ask to get everyone involved in any of the shows back together for another series. We can but hope though. Until then it seems like Frank Castle’s war might finally be over.
For more of the same, check out this old video that Thomas Jane made about The Punisher. Pretty decent.