Netflix has continued to cut back on its roster of Marvel-based shows, as it has just announced that Marvel's Luke Cage will not be back for a third season.
The news was announced tonight via The Hollywood Reporter, with Netflix and Marvel releasing a joint statement addressing the matter.
"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."
This is the second of four stand-alone Marvel series to be canceled this week, joining Marvel's Iron Fist, which just had the plug pulled seven days ago, shortly after its significantly improved second season.
Like Iron Fist, Luke Cage was part of a quartet of Marvel series greenlit by the streaming service in 2013, which also includes Jessica Jones and Daredevil -- with the latter's third season premiering earlier today. The quartet of shows took place in New York and showed a darker, street-level view of the larger MCU.
The four main characters also crossed over for 2017's limited series Marvel's The Defenders.
It's unclear whether Marvel intends to keep the character of Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, around despite the cancellation. After all, the character was first introduced in Jessica Jones before his own series launched. There's been similar speculation on the fate of Danny Rand post-Iron Fist.
This also throws into question the possibility of a Daughters of the Dragon spin-off involving Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who became a fan favorite during Luke Cage's two seasons.
A number of high-profile Marvel personalities reacted to the cancellation on social media, including showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, star Mike Colter, Daredevil's Vincent D'Onofrio, and even Danny Rand himself, Finn Jones.
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