The rivalry between Netflix and Marvel led to the cancellation of Luke Cage season 3. We look at what the rivalry was all about and see if there’s a chance for another season.
Harlem’s Hero will apparently not be returning for season 3, and we may have the rivalry between Netflix and Marvel to blame for it. Luke Cage is about an ex-convict whose superpower is his superhuman strength and bulletproof skin that he uses to fight against injustice and corruption. Created by Cheo Hodari Coker, the show was launched on Netflix in 2016 with good reviews. When the creators had to release season 2, they built upon the feedback they’d received for season 1 and tried to better the show. As it happens with most shows picked up by Netflix, the storyline was built for three seasons at least.
- Why the show was cancelled
- What the Netflix and Marvel rivalry is all about
But then an official statement came, announcing the cancellation of season 3, stunning fans. Since this announcement came last minute, no wonder so many people were shocked. What had happened to cause this?
Why the show was cancelled
Cheo Hodari Coker has been working on the third season with his team for about six months, even coming up with scripts, all the while collaborating with both Netflix and Marvel. When it came time to get the executives involved, the age-old specter of creative differences suddenly seemed to be hovering in the room. This, despite Coker taking notes from both sides.
Apparently, some executives had problems with the developed scripts. Ultimately, neither party was able to come to a resolution, so that the writer’s room was put on hold. The creative differences prevented deals, which led to the eventual cancellation of the show.
What the Netflix and Marvel rivalry is all about
The fact of the matter is, Marvel shows are quite expensive for Netflix to be made. According to “Deadline”, Netflix paid a lot of money for a series not owned by it in the first place. It’s no surprise then that Marvel was under a lot of pressure to perform exceedingly well. And as newer shows are getting made for competing platforms, viewership is paramount for Netflix. So, when it comes to the question of continuing, the show gets axed, the bottom line played a significant part. The bottom line, in the case of Luke Cage, wasn’t reaping the most beneficial results for Netflix.
For season 3 to become a reality, the fundamental rivalry between Marvel Studios and Netflix needs to be worked out. Since that doesn’t seem to be a likely scenario anytime soon, we’re guessing it’s going to be a while before another season of Luke Cage happens – if it is to happen at all.