Netflix Cancels Marvel's The Punisher Just Like You Knew It Would

In what might be the least shocking news of the day, Netflix has canceled Marvel's The Punisher after two seasons, according to Deadline.

Marvel's Jessica Jones, which will air its third and final season later this year, was also given the ax.

The cancellations officially end the Netflix-Marvel partnership.

The end of The Punisher comes just a month after Season 2 hit the streaming service, had nothing to do with the quality of the Jon Bernthal-led series. It also had nothing to do with how many subscribers watched or completed the season, which saw Bernthal's Frank Castle struggling with whether or not to embrace life as the Punisher. The decision has been made for him: The Punisher died so Disney+ could live.

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What does that mean you ask? Well, Disney is preparing to to launch its own streaming service, the aforementioned Disney+, in late 2019. In order to keep things in-house, Disney is severing ties with Netflix across the board (read: stream Avengers: Infinity War while you still can). The Punisher now joins Marvel's Iron Fist, Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Daredevil in the discard pile. Deadline also reports that Marvel's Jessica Jones has been canceled, though we will get to see its third and final season air on Netflix. Once that kicks the bucket does, Netflix will officially be out of the Marvel business, and you'll have to turn to Disney+ for most of your Marvel TV needs. And honestly, is that so bad? We already know there's a Loki series on the horizon. And who doesn't love Loki?

Star Jon Bernthal didn't directly address the cancellation Monday morning, but posted an image from the comics on Instagram with a caption thanking the members of the armed services and law enforcement to whom Frank Castle means so much.

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This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Feb 20, 2019
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Feb 20, 2019
These issues aside the Marvel Netflix universe should have been done by now and put on the big screen. These are movie level quality adaptations of these characters (and the best interpretations of them ever) and most of these should have graduated to the theater after a season or two and then been replaced by Moon Knight, Blade, or whatever. It's my hope they keep the Charlie Cox Daredevil and Bernthal (to start with) Punisher going by adding them to the MCU.
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Feb 19, 2019
Disney really screwed over us Marvel fans, will bite them in the backside because they'll never get a penny out of me.
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Feb 18, 2019
This is as much Disney's fault to launching a competing streaming service to Netflix. In the end, there are many non competing ways this could have been handled but greed won and we viewers lose. Punisher was a great series, Both seasons rocked and ultimately, those being punished are the crews and staff of the show and we the viewers. That being said, Netflix could have been more courteous and certainly more business minded and savvy. They could have continued the relationship, but egos have been hurt, they could have negotiated better rates, maybe even for themselves, there probably were ways to make everybody happy, but I guess that egos got in the way. Makes you wonder why we should be customers to either Netflix or Disney since they are so greedy.
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Feb 18, 2019
Netflix wasn't responsible, it was all Disney.
That being said, it has been said that Disney won't be airing anything "dark" and super violent on its streaming service, so these shows are gone for good.
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Feb 20, 2019

Was it just Disney (do we know that for sure? explicitly? still seems implied to me) or did Netflix's sense of competition have something to do with it as well? With that said, cancelling the entire Netflix universe seems like a terrible idea when your new venture hasn't even made it to air yet. How do you know it will do well, Disney? Huge risk.

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Feb 18, 2019
That is true, but I think Disney will have to see reason eventually and realize that the true subscribers will be people over 18, so having pure kiddie/PG 13 fair won't work forever. Plus they'll probably put a lot of the edgy adult content on Hulu, which will raise Hulu's popularity to a tremendous degree.
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