Just one week after swinging the axe down on Iron Fist, and only a couple of days after promising us that the rest of their Marvel series were safe, Netflix made the shocking decision to go ahead and cancel Luke Cage late last night.
Yes, despite a very entertaining first season and an overall solid second outing, it seems that the numbers just weren’t there and now, Mike Colter’s Power Man is no more. It’s a sad day for many fans, then, but taking to Twitter shortly after the news broke, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker issued a statement to thank everyone who was involved in the series, as well as those who tuned in for both seasons.
“A lot [of] memories,” Coker tweeted. “A lot of individual thank you calls to make. 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. Forward always…”
At the moment, there’s no word yet on where exactly the character will go from here. Like with Danny Rand, though, we suspect that Marvel still has plans for Colter’s hero and given that both him and Iron Fist are without shows to call their own now, perhaps we may finally get that Heroes for Hire spinoff?
We can only hope, but for the immediate future, it looks like Luke Cage‘s days on Netflix are unfortunately at an end. And though that begs the question of what does the future hold for the last two Marvel series still standing on the platform, we imagine they’ll be safe for a while yet.
Jessica Jones may have stumbled a bit in its second season but a third run has already been ordered up, and Daredevil season 3 premiered this week to superb reviews and reactions from fans. So, we can at least rest easy knowing that two out of the four Defenders will still be around for some time to come.