Netflix Cancelling ‘Luke Cage’: Is Marvel Having Issues?

The sudden cancellation of Marvel’s Luke Cage came as a surprise to fans and talent last week

The sudden cancellation of Marvel’s Luke Cage came as a surprise to fans and talent last week. Everyone believed that the show would be picked up for another season, and many are confused about the reason for ending the contract.

In an announcement released by Marvel and Netflix last Friday, the companies explained, saying:

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

Unnamed sources close to Deadline Hollywood point to more sinister reasons for the show’s cancellation. They claim that Luke Cage is a victim of “creative differences” and not poor ratings or consumer complaints. It’s rumored that the first drafts for season three episodes arrived at the studio last week and were met with serious concern.

No one seems to be sure who the source of the conflict was, but it appears that it originated at the executive level. Network execs had very different ideas about the direction for the new season, and ended up being unable to come to a cohesive agreement.

The problems began last month after the merger that changed the trajectory of Disney’s control over Marvel, and the way that the company planned on proceeding with their streaming ambitions. In September, the writer’s room came to a standstill for a solid week while the two company’s hashed out their differences behind the scenes. After cutting season three of Luke Cage down to 10 episodes from 13, they were simply unable to reach a final agreement that kept everyone happy.

This resulted in the impromptu announcement this week that came as news to several writers, actors, and producers who were still under contract for the production of the show. There was also pressure from the corporate level to cancel the Marvel owned show. Netflix is required to pay a large amount to produce and air a show that it won’t own the rights to. This lack of creative control has made several Marvel shows more of a liability than an asset.

While Cage fans remain optimistic, there are no plans to resurrect this show or any of the others recently cancelled. Could this herald the end of the relationship between Netflix and Marvel? Some think that this points to a very negative direction for the future of Netflix super hero sagas.

Patricia Howard

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Patricia Howard is a freelance journalist and Netflix enthusiast from rural Indiana. She has a bachelor''s degree in communication with a concentration in journalism. When Patricia isn''t writing, she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows with her husband and seven children.

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