When I heard that Luke Cage and Iron Fist were cancelled on Netflix, I wasn’t really worried. It’s not that I didn’t like those series—because I did, even though I liked Jessica Jones and, especially, Daredevil much more. Even Punisher, in its inaugral season, was at least the equal of the first season of Luke, and hands-down better than Iron Fist.
No, I thought it was a stunt. Sure, the rumors were already circulating about Disney pulling its properties from Netflix because it is starting its own streaming service. But, I was certain that if this is what was happening, everybody would be more upfront about it, and no one in an official capacity was coming out and saying that.
I thought it more likely that Luke Cage and Iron Fist would come back on Netflix in a Heroes for Hire series that kept the two as a crime-fighting duo. That didn’t seem to be the direction their individual stories were heading at the end of both of their second seasons; however, it made a lot of sense to me. I knew I would watch this imagined new series.
Then, after the third season of Daredevil was dropped, they cancelled that series as well. Their flagship Marvel series.
I was, in equal measures, sad, angry and dismayed.
Now I’m believing the Disney rumors. Since I have no intention of purchasing Disney’s streaming service, I wouldn’t be able to watch these series even if they pick up on their service. Unless I watch them illegally, of course. More than likely, they won’t resume, at least not with the same cast, in which case I have no desire to watch them anyway.
I realize this is a business decision, and it’s not right to be angry with Netflix when they probably had no control over the situation. But, I still feel betrayed. Even by Netflix, which isn’t a rational feeling at all. I should feel most betrayed by Disney, I suppose, that sprawling giant of a corporation that has taken over Marvel and Star Wars, two of my main fandoms.
I’ll get over it. I’ll still watch Marvel movies. And Star Wars movies, of course.
I’ll also be watching the next seasons of Jessica Jones and Punisher, which are still slated to air on Netflix. Just before they, too, are cancelled, I would guess.
Ah, well. Life is change.