Many of us are still pouring one out for The Punisher and Jessica Jones. Earlier this morning, it was revealed that both series would be coming to an end — with The Punisher‘s second season being its last and Jessica Jones‘ upcoming third season being its last. Jon Bernthal made a pretty heavy statement in the wake of this announcement (in fact, it actually preceded the official reveal by about 30 minutes), but we had yet to hear any word from up top.
Now, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb — the man responsible for bringing The Defenders, along with many other characters to the small screen — penned a letter celebrating all these characters that had a fruitful full years on the streaming service.
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“It had never been done before.
Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then…
…they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City.
We called them The Defenders.
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!
They said it couldn’t be done.
But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes.
Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft.
We loved each and every minute of it.
And we did it all for you — the fans — who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it.
So, Thank You!
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn’t be more proud or more grateful to our audience.
Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that.
As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, “The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.”
To be continued…!
– Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television”
So, what does this mean? Well, it looks like Marvel TV is pointing the finger directly at Netflix for this one, which is funny because both parties seem to be playing the blame game when asked. Chances are we may not know the truth, but you can bet that at some point we’ll be seeing these characters pop up again. While I hope it’ll be with the same cast and talent, the chances are incredibly unlikely.
What do you hope to see out of these characters in the future? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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