Luke Cage and Iron Fist have both been canceled. This isn’t anything new, as it has been reported on to death over the last couple of weeks.
Netflix likes their shows and has defended them to the last breath. If a program shows promise, they will likely let it run for a second season to see what happens. We saw this with the first season of Iron Fist as well as some other shows that probably haven’t deserved a second chance.
Why were those shows canceled and what does the future hold for The Defenders?
The Digital Worm doesn’t know for sure. We don’t have any insider information at all. But what we do have is a lot of common sense. What we do here is speculate, sure, but here is what we think is going to happen and why. And because we have yet to do a review of Daredevil season 3, we’re going to include a mini-review along with this piece.
According to Cinema Blend, both Iron Fist and Luke Cage lost a ton of viewers in their sophomore seasons. While this isn’t typically enough for Netflix to cancel a show, it seems that this time, things were a bit different.
Netflix doesn’t share their ratings data. But one thing that can be tracked is social media hype, and the numbers for the second season of these two shows were a fraction of what they were for the premiere seasons.
Still. As far as nerds go, these shows were a go to. There were times where I had a subscription to Netflix just to watch them. Luckily for me, Netflix has been kicking out some really good programming over the last couple of years, so I won’t be dropping it. But the loss of these shows really hit me in the feels as the kids say these days.
I wanted more. And I felt like there was still quite a bit of story to tell. Worst case scenario, it seemed like they could just make a spin-off series for Heroes for Hire and Daughters of the Dragon.
In my opinion, and this is super subjective, all of the characters that could be spun-off were a delight to watch and given the right story and marketing tactics, ratings could definitely go back up.
But That’s Not All!
There have been reports of conflict between Marvel and Netflix.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know The Disney-Netflix contract is about to end, as Disney is creating their own streaming service. However, they’re keeping a pretty tight lid on the details. It doesn’t even have a name yet, although Disney Play is the name currently being used. Secondly, it’s not going to be live any time soon. Disney is shooting for an end of 2019 release for the project.
With the Marvel and Netflix contract coming to an end, Marvel could be throwing its weight around a little bit. It wouldn’t surprise us. With falling ratings, a soon-to-be-over contract, and plenty of original content of their own, it’s no wonder Netflix pulled the plug.
Why deal with the hassle?
On top of all of that, Netflix is going to start releasing some of their films in theatres before placing them on to their streaming service.
Believe it or not, there are still a few people out there who don’t have a Netflix subscription. Also, the fact is people still enjoy going to the movies. Netflix wants to capitalize and they’ve decided to push forward with this idea. This company is about growth and prestige and they’re doing what they need to do to find the success they want.
I can’t help but think that all of these announcements are, at least somewhat, related.
Both Disney and Netflix are doing big things and creating quality entertainment. So let’s just sit back and enjoy some other programming while we wait to see what falls out of this tree.
What about Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and The Punisher? We aren’t sure. The Punisher season 2 and Jessica Jones season 3 have yet to be released. But given how things are going so far, it’s not looking good.
There is Hope
Disney has not released any official plans for Iron Fist or Luke Cage. This company does things at their own pace and Disney Play isn’t seeing much hype just yet.
However, Variety recently reported that a Falcon-Winter Soldier team-up series is in the works for Disney Play. And they aren’t the only ones. Loki and The Scarlet Witch are also going to get their own shows.
To The Digital Worm, it sounds like Disney is going to be all about these Marvel team-up shows at the beginning of the project’s life. This is probably some sort of A/B testing to help flesh out the future of programming, specifically when it involves Marvel characters. And it makes a lot of sense. You don’t know what’s going to work until you try it, right?
And why does this give us hope?
Because Daughters of the Dragon and Heroes for Hire are both teams formed from individual characters, which sounds quite similar to what Disney already has in mind for some of their programming. So we’re thinking the dream is still alive. It hasn’t been announced and likely won’t be for close to a year, if not more, but it’s possible Luke Cage and Danny Rand, as well as Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, may live to fight another day.
It just ain’t going to be tomorrow. Realistically, if these shows are going to happen, it’s probably going to have a 2020 or maybe even 2021 releases. Once again, we have no real evidence. All of this is just speculation derived from observation.
We’ve been pretty busy around here. The Digital Worm is a new site and there is still plenty to be done. Our Daredevil season 3 review managed to slip through the cracks and we felt this was the best time to slide in a quick review, just in case you haven’t seen it yet.
Daredevil Season 3 Mini-Review
This season picks up right where The Defenders left off.
Everyone thinks Matt Murdock is dead, including Matt Murdock. He’s a broken man who has lost faith in himself, God, and humanity.
His body is broken and his super-senses aren’t working. Meanwhile, Karen is struggling to move on and Foggy is doing fairly well for himself.
As you can probably guess, something happens to bring the team back together. And that thing is Wilson Fisk.
No More Spoilers!
If you want to know more about the plot, then watch the show. What I want to talk about is just how good this season is.
Because his body is broken, there isn’t the high level of martial arts we saw in past seasons. The fights are basically brawls.
I didn’t really get it at first and had to go back and rewatch the first several episodes. Most of us watch Netflix while we’re doing something else. We multitask. But with this season of Daredevil, you can’t really do that.
The story is intricate. There are subtle, yet important plot pieces, dialogue, and even facial expressions you don’t want to miss, because they end up coming back up in a later episode. The level of writing I saw in this season is beyond anything I’ve seen in a Marvel show. The story is less about the superhero and more about the man.
And not just The Man Without Fear. Every life he has touched. The characters in this show are so real, reaching a level of emotion that I personally felt as I watched the show. When they felt pain, I felt pain. When they experienced joy, so did I. Because I knew the journey they took to reach it and it mattered to me as a viewer, which is something that
- Isn’t easy to do
- Requires an extreme effort on everyone involved with the project
There is plenty of action in Daredevil, don’t get me wrong. I’m just saying it’s not the reason you should watch it. The action was a big part of the first two seasons and I came to expect a certain level of martial arts, explosions, and body drops.
This season was completely different. After watching it once, I had to go through and watch it again with a completely different mindset.
The writers and actors truly went above and beyond this season and created a story I look forward to rewatching over and over again.
As much as I would like to throw in some spoilers and talk more about the plot, I don’t want to ruin the experience you will receive from watching this show.
With Marvel and Netflix ending their contract, the chances of seeing anything on this level on Netflix ever again is small. A superhero tale that is less about a hero and more about a man. This is a story about a cast of characters who are all seeking redemption. It’s a journey that comes full circle and wraps a nice bow on the series as a whole.
If Daredevil has to end, I’m glad they did it the way they did. I just wish Iron Fist and Luke Cage could have had the same chance.