Well, this is a bit of a kicker. While you could possibly say that it wasn’t all that much of a shock to hear that Netflix had recently cancelled Marvel’s Iron Fist after two seasons, hearing that Marvel’s Luke Cage has also been canned is a bit of a surprise.
Courtesy of Deadline, that is indeed the case. Making this even more surprising is the fact that it was pretty much a given that the Mike Colter-headlined Luke Cage was to get a third year. Seemingly not. The early word is that Netflix and Marvel were experiencing some creative differences on how to move forward with the series.
Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker took to Twitter to give his thoughts on all of this:
A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always...— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) October 20, 2018
Of course, one way forward from all of this could well be to combine the Iron Fist and Luke Cage characters in their own show as the Heroes for Hire tandem they have so often worked as in the comic books. Given that Disney has their own streaming service on the way – complete with a whole slew of new Marvel-driven properties – there’s certainly the chance that this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Power Man.
As ever, expect more on all of this if it develops further.