Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage

It's also worth noting that Netflix announced Luke Cage's cancellation on the same day of Daredevil's stellar third season premiere, which is bringing in the most positive buzz the Defenders universe has enjoyed in years.

"Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season", Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement per the Hollywood Reporter.

Jones shared an image on his Instagram account of Danny Rand's Iron Fist meeting Luke Cage's fist.

Again, it's safe to assume that no new news came in overnight about Luke Cage's performance so the likelihood of creative differences being the issue definitely makes sense.

When Iron First was canceled, everyone working on Luke Cage was still expecting a third season renewal. Like numerous Netflix and Marvel shows, it suffered from bloat, with more episodes than there perhaps needed to be.

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The revolving door of showrunners on Marvel's shows on Netflix have seen new creative teams coming an going become nearly the norm. Despite this, Luke Cage had a distinct identity and a grit that many appreciated.

The series' second season soundtrack treated hip-hop fans to new music from rap icon Rakim.

But you nearly have to note that Disney is on the cusp of debuting its own streaming service, which we already know will feature stand-alone series starring MCU characters like Tom Hiddleston's Loki and Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. Drafts of half of the third season scripts were submitted last week.

On Friday night, Deadline reported that the streaming giant was not ordering new episodes of the series, even though season two ended with a cliffhanger and the writers had already started writing season three. However, with the axe swinging, a lack of Daredevil Season 4 would be the clearest indication that the once warm and fuzzy halcyon days between Marvel and Netflix had hit an ice age.

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