Nothing sucks more than when a series you love is cancelled, except when several series that are all inter-connected and all bad-ass are cancelled one after another! Yeah, nothing sucks more than that. Rarely do these cancelled shows ever see the light of day again, but Netflix’s Marvel series just might have a chance!
With regards to the reason why Netflix cancelled its Marvel series, nobody knows for sure… although articles have speculated with few concrete details. Alas, there is still no definite news from the streaming organization itself or even from Disney or Marvel Studios.
The Characters (from Left to Right): Jessica Jones, Danny Rand, Matt Murdock, Luke Cage. | Image via Netflix/Marvel Studios.
One article from Forbes does give very intriguing and plausible explanations as to what really has been going on. It’s a bit of a long read for sure, but it covers all the business and politics that could be to blame. Speculations include that, while Marvel shows do have a large viewership on Netflix, they don’t attract new viewers… which mean purchasing the shows would have little payoff. While there may be other reasons, this one seems logical.
Regardless, there is now talk of Hulu picking up where Netflix left off with Disney closing an ownership deal with Hulu.
Photograph of Craig Erwich. | Image via The Hollywood Reporter.
Craig Erwich, Hulu’s senior vice president of originals, spoke with Hollywood magazine The Wrap:
Hulu remains open for business with Marvel, and that includes any title under the comic book powerhouse. Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in. It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.
For now, Hulu has agreed to work on the adult animated series Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, and Tigra & Dazzler. All four shows will be produced by Marvel TV, and they will culminate in a crossover special called The Offenders.
The Offenders. | Image via Geeks Worldwide.
The aforementioned interview yielded more juicy details:
The deal with Hulu is very similar to the one Marvel TV signed with Netflix back in 2015, in which the studio was to produce four live-action series that also culminated with a team-up special. Erwich said that, though the deal may look similar, they weren’t trying to copy what Marvel and Netflix did.
Let’s hope that it isn’t too much of a copy, because I don’t think fans could handle any more cancellations. For now though, things seem to be a little up in the air in regards to reviving the Netflix series.
Featured Image via Netflix/Marvel Studios.