One week after Iron Fist was canceled and the same day that the third season of Daredevil launched, Netflix has canceled Luke Cage.

According to Deadline, Netflix and Marvel Television said in a joint statement:

"Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."

This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. A writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for around six months producing scripts and taking notes from Netlfix and Marvel. As actors like lead Mike Colter remained under contract, a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion by all concerned.


Speculation is rampant Marvel and Netflix could instead partner on a "Heroes for Hire" television series, effectively merging both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as both their titular heroes were longtime best friends and superhero partners in the Marvel comic books.

Speaking of that, Iron Fist star Finn Jones expressed a sign of solidarity with his Luke Cage brethren shortly after the series was canceled by Marvel and Netflix, just one week after it was learned Jones’ own series would not be moving forward with a third season.

But Luke Cage star Mike Colter and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker have yet to comment on the cancellation.

As for other interconnected shows by Marvel and Netflix, the third season of Daredevil just debuted. The Punisher recently wrapped filming on the second season, with a release date for the new episodes likely to be announced in the coming month. Production is currently underway on Jessica Jones season 3.