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Jessica Jones & The Punisher discontinued: How the Defenders continue after the end of the Marvel series on Netflix
Marvel's last Netflix series The Punisher and Jessica Jones were also discontinued. The message comes about a quarter after the streaming service in autumn 2018 Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil put an end to it. The third season of Jessica Jones will be the last production of the Netflix / Marvel deal after five years.
Discontinued, but not without a future
As reported by Deadline, Netflix has the TV series too The Punisher pulped on February 18, 2019 - exactly one month after the second season was released on the streaming service. The same fate overtakes the last remaining Defenders member Jessica Jones, the final third season of which will be shown at an indefinite time in 2019.
Both series will continue to be available on Netflix in the long term - just like all seasons of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist as well as the Team-Up series The Defenders. Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb published a statement in which he again reflects and appreciates the result of the deal with Netflix.
He also thanks the fans and indicates that sooner or later things will continue despite the attitude for the characters. Netflix had something similar in the announcement of the Daredevil- Setting written: "[...] the Daredevil character lives on in future Marvel projects." So all hope is not lost.
What does the future hold for the Defenders?
But what's next for Daredevil, Luke Cage and Co.? A special clause of the agreement between Netflix and Marvel stated that the Defenders characters are only allowed to appear in non-Netflix projects two years after their TV series has been discontinued.
So we won't see anything from Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist or Jessica Jones until 2020/2021. The Punisher is again a spin-off too Daredevil, was therefore not part of the deal and is excluded from this restriction. So we could see Frank Castle again in 2020 or even before that.
Where New York's street heroes are likely to find their new home is now beyond question: Disney is currently busy building and expanding its range of in-house Marvel series for the Disney + streaming service. There the Defenders Loki, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier and The Falcon as well as (maybe) Rocket and Groot could join.
The stars speak out on social media
As part of the announcement, cast members Krysten Ritter and Jon Bernthal turned to social media and thanked them for their support as Jessica Jones and Frank Castle.
The showrunner of Jessica Jones Melissa Rosenberg has meanwhile said goodbye to the series on Twitter and promised that it would "end with a bang". She also hinted that a popular character might return for the final season: We don't seem to have the last of Kilgrave's yet (David Tennant) seen.
To all JJ’s fans and followers, thanks for your support! What an extraordinary rid it’s been! So much gratitude to K Ritter et al. We'll be going out with a bang for our last 13 eps when they air. Can’t wait for you to see them! Xom- Melissa Rosenberg (@tallgirlmel) February 18, 2019
Not quite yet! https://t.co/7xRYlpGzpn- Melissa Rosenberg (@tallgirlmel) February 18, 2019
The most important information about Disney +
What TV series are already planned for Disney +? The in-house streaming service of the mouse company is scheduled to start at the end of 2019 with the following projects from the Starwars- and Marvel universes start:
About the author: Marcel Lasaj is an intern at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @thewirv.
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