The Defenders Couldn’t Defend Jessica Jones or The Punisher
In sad tidings, I’d like to let you know that The Punisher and Jessica Jones are no longer with us. It finally happened: the Marvel Netflix Universe has been a casualty of their own snappening, but instead of half of the Marvel shows disappearing… it’s all of them. This time Netflix is Thanos and Disney is Iron Man, or Captain America, or Thor, or The Hulk… You get the point. The Marvel Netflix shows are no more. Why did this happen? What does this mean for The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist? Do burgers really taste better with bacon? All good questions! Let’s take a closer look.
A Closer Look
First: yes, burgers taste better with bacon; don’t @ me. Moving on. Why did Netflix cancel their Marvel shows? This one is easy. Disney is setting up their own streaming service called Disney+. That means no more Disney, LucasFilms, Marvel Entertainment, or Pixar properties will be available on Netflix in the future. According to Deadline, the streaming service is set to launch in the fall of 2019, right about the time Captain Marvel and Avengers: End Game will be available for online streaming.
Cancelling the Marvel shows makes perfect sense for Netflix. Why would they actively promote the property of one of their biggest competitors? Especially with Disney touting a Loki show starring Tom Hiddleston and a Scarlet Witch show starring Elizabeth Olsen. These have the opportunity of making an impact in the vein of Game of Thrones based on scale and money put into these new original shows. Would you rather watch the “Oh my God this looks like a movie” quality show at Disney+ or the “Oh, this is high-quality for television” show on Netflix? Netflix has money, but they don’t have Disney money.
What Happens Now?
Now the more important question fans probably have is about the characters. We’ve all come to love the cast of the Defenders Universe and we’d hate to see them go, but we might not have to. Now that their shows are cancelled, they should be out of their Netflix contract. This means they have the opportunity to continue on as their super-selves, as long as Disney wants to cast them, which is still yet to be seen.
Would Disney want to start from scratch and re-brand The Defenders as family-friendly fun (please give me a buddy cop style show based on Heroes for Hire) or keep with the dark and gritty we’ve all come to love?
What do you hope Disney does with The Defenders’ characters? Do you want them to keep the cast intact? And what other Marvel shows do you hope pop on Disney+? Let me know in the comments below!