A sad but long-expected day for marvel fans, as Netflix has placed the final two nails in The Defenders coffin, although an open letter from Producer Jeph Loeb might hold hopes for fans of the Marvel small-screen projects.
Following a cryptic Instagram tease from the Punisher himself, Marvel and Netflix have revealed that The Punisher will not return for a season 3, and that the upcoming third season of Jessica Jones will be the final one. The news is unfortunately to be expected, as Disney is set to make their splash on the streaming market later this year with the launch of Disney+, and many fans lost hope completely following Daredevil’s cancellation. While it is expected at this point that the Punisher would be axed, Jessica Jones being cancelled months before it even releases seemingly shows the just how ready Disney and Netflix are to sever ties with each other.
Not all is lost for fans of the Defenders, as Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb released an open letter to fans shortly after the cancellations, and seemingly provided a spark of hope:
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.
While this doesn’t explicitly confirm that the shows will continue on in their current form, it does all but guarantee that these beloved characters will make their return to the screen sooner rather than later.