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Why Is Netflix Canceling Their Marvel Shows?

Updated on December 8, 2018
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The Defenders. The Avengers of TV(or streaming). What happened. In the blink of an eye you were gone. I guess it's true no ones truly safe from Thanos's snap, or is there an even bigger villain behind all of this.

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Netflix officially announce the cancelation of Iron Fist on October 12, 2018 after only 2 seasons. One week later on October 19 Netflix announced that they had canceled Luke Cage. But worst of all is on November 29 Netflix officially announced the cancelation of Daredevil, and we can only assume Jessica Jones and The Punisher's next.

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Daredevil was one of the most popular shows out there. Daredevil had a huge fan base and ranked 4th in viewer demand, only behind Narcos, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Stranger Things. It makes no sense that Netflix would cancel one of their most popular shows. One reason this could be happening is the release of Disney+. Disney's new streaming service.

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Disney announced the launch of their streaming service Disney+, and Netflix decides to cancel their Marvel shows. It's not just a coincidence. You might be able to justify the cancelation of Iron Fist. Although the second season was a huge improvement, the first season was panned by critics, and the show never fully recovered. However the 2 seasons of Luke Cage were both praised by critics. Their are some reports that those two shoes were declining in viewers, but their is no justification for canceling your 4th biggest show, so I think Disney had something to do with it.

However I don't really understand why. I don't think Disney is going to reboot the shows. Some people think their going to move the shows from Netflix to Disney+ and continue production, but I don't think that's the case. Disney is a family friendly company, and I'm sure their going to carry that image onto Disney+. The Defenders are a lot more grittier and darker than the Avengers, and I don't think they'll fit into the Disney image. With that being said why are they all being pulled.


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I don't think Netflix willingly canceled Daredevil. It was one of their best shows. The explanation behind it was "creative differences". There isn't a doubt in my mind that Disney had something to do with. With the launch of Disney+, Netflix is now the competition. When Disney+ was first announced I didn't think much about it, but now it's gotten very interesting. Now I don't think Disney will overtake Netflix, but they will offer stiff competition. They now have exclusive access to Marvel related content, as well as Star Wars, and they already have two planned series. One on Cassian Andor, and one on Loki. Again I don't think Disney+ will overtake Netflix, but it might come close.

One thing I still don't get is why the relationship ended so quickly. Disney+ isn't launching until the end of 2019. In addition to that Netflix can and will still be able to show the shows for the next couple of years.

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I think the two had a standoff that ended in a mutual agreement that no one wanted, but it seemed as if Netflix got the worst end of the deal. Netflix had to cancel their shows, and Disney's pulling their movies. Disney is left in the same position, but Netflix is worse off. I assume Disney paid Netflix to end their partnership, but it all still feels off.

Disney+ is launching, which led to Netflix's recent cancelations, but Disney is most likely not going to revive the shows. Netflix is still the only place you can see the series at. Disney+ isn't launching for almost an entire year, yet they chose to end it now. It's still slightly confusing, but I assume Disney and Netflix somehow managed to justify it.

All of it is still a little confusing. Disney+ isn't launching for nearly a year, but decide it was a good time to make this move. Netflix will still be the only place you can't see any of the series, but I think both Disney and Netflix will be OK.

I just feel sorry for the person that has to tell Jon Bernthal that the punisher's canceled.

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