Netflix have cancelled Marvel's Iron Fist and Luke Cage

22 October 2018, 14:30 | Updated: 8 August 2019, 12:09

Iron Fist and Luke Cage cancelled on Netflix
Iron Fist and Luke Cage have been cancelled at Netflix. Picture: Netflix

By Katie Louise Smith

Both Iron Fist and Luke Cage will not return to Netflix for their third seasons - and some people are speculating that its all because of Disney.

Netflix is really out here having a big ol' clear out of some of its biggest shows, huh? Last week, it was announced that Orange Is The New Black would be ending after 7 seasons on the streaming service and now, it looks like their entire Marvel TV franchise is in jeopardy.

Yep, if you're a fan of Netflix's iconic Marvel TV division, you might wanna look away... because we've got some bad news. Both Iron Fist and Luke Cage have now been cancelled and they will not be returning for their third seasons - and it might spell trouble for Daredevil and Jessica Jones too.


It was announced on Oct 14 that the streaming service would be ending Marvel's Iron Fist after it's much-improved second season. A few days later, it was announced that Luke Cage, one of Netflix's most popular shows, had also been cancelled.

Two similar joint statements from Netflix and Marvel were released, with the statement regarding Luke Cage reading: “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated show runner, 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.”

The two shows were both amongst the top five 'most watched Netflix original shows' in 2017. As it stands, both Jessica Jones and The Punisher are still safe at Netflix, with their next seasons arriving on the streaming service in 2019. The third season of Daredevil has just dropped.


Fans already had an inkling that Netflix's Marvel shows were in jeopardy when the streaming service wiped the social accounts for The Defenders and replaced them with a new sub genre called 'NX'. While it hasn't been officially announced, fans has assumed that that plans for a second season of The Defenders were now off the table.

It's been reported that season 3 of Luke Cage was cancelled over creative differences but Disney's plans for its own streaming service might also have had a had in it too. In case you didn't already know, it was announced earlier this year that Disney would be launching their own streaming service that would stream all its content, including all Star Wars films and Marvel films.

As reported in Variety, Disney suggested that it would allow licensing deals with Marvel to expire so that the Netflix series' could run their course. Following Finn Jones' Instagram post once the news was announced, fans are no speculating that the two cancelled shows will merge on Disney's new service for a new Heroes for Hire series. It's what we deserve.

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