While the cancellation of Marvel’s Iron Fist surprised some viewers, the cancellation of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix pretty much came out of left field. However, the cancellation of both — and some cryptic messages from the show’s accounts — could indicate that a Heroes for Hire series could be in the works.
The Luke Cage cancellation news came by way of Deadline on the day the third season of the successful Marvel’s Daredevil launched on the streaming service.
“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “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.”
Luke Cage was largely seen as successful as well and, according to Deadline, a third season was more or less just waiting for a formal announcement. Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage, was still under contract and writing had been going on for about six months for a new season. However, Deadline is citing “creative differences” as the reason for the cancellation of the third season.
That being said, some cryptic tweets and messages from both the Iron Fist and Luke Cage social media accounts have some believing that a Heroes for Hire series starring the two is only a matter of time.
When news of the Iron Fist cancellation broke, Marvel and Netflix mentioned that the show “would not return for a third season on Netflix” (our emphasis). Finn Jones, who played the title role, shared a cryptic post on Instagram shortly after the news of the cancellation, stating “with every end is a new beginning.”
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with every end is a new beginning. I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show. Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support. 🐲🔥💛
While Netflix and Marvel offered no hints about the future of Luke Cage, the show’s Twitter account tweeted this cryptic image:
— Luke Cage (@LukeCage) October 20, 2018
Of course, “Always Forward” is a popular Pop quote from the series (“Never backward, always forward. Always.”) so this image could really mean nothing. Given how companies like to tease, however, it’s not that far fetched to think that Heroes for Hire could be one of the first series to debut on Disney’s new streaming service when it launches late next year.
In the comic books, Iron Fist and Luke Cage teamed up for an initial three-issue arc in Luke Cage, Power Man before being changed to Power Man and Iron Fist for another 75 issues. The group has gone through various iterations, the most recent in 2018s Defenders Volume #5 which sees the duo team up with Jessica Jones to reform the group. Based on that tidbit, hopefully Marvel’s Jessica Jones isn’t the next Netflix casualty…
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