Netflix Pulls the Plug and Cancels Marvel's LUKE CAGE Series

First IRON FIST was canceled last week, now LUKE CAGE gets the axe as Netflix has canceled the Mike Colter-led Marvel superhero series.

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday, per Deadline. “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.”

Apparently, this fallout occured within the past few days as tension grew between Netflix and Marvel over the scripts for a hopeful third season of LUKE CAGE. Deadline reports:

"The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age old Hollywood 'creative differences' and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal on [h]ow to move forward, according to sources. With a season perched on the conclusion of the June 22 launched Season 2 plotted out months and months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week.

"We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both the Netflix and Marvel brass.

"In another sense, the cancellation was a done deal as the situation became tense on the corporate level. The Marvel shows on Netflix are costly to make, even with New York’s generous tax credits. Back in 2013, the streamer paid top dollar for the series, that they don’t even own so cutting Luke Cage loose was a shifting bottom line call. With the high cost, there has been pressure on the Marvel series to over perform in viewership. That was easier early on when they were among a handful of Netflix originals but is getting harder today when they are competing with dozens of other buzzy shows on the Internet network."

There is no word if LUKE CAGE will be resurrected onto Disney's streaming platform that launches in 2019. There is also no word on if Netflix will consider combining the canceled IRON FIST and LUKE CAGE series into one HEROES FOR HIRE series right now either.

As of now, Netlfix is only moving forward with DAREDEVIL, JESSICA JONES, and PUNISHER as any chance of THE DEFENDERS Season 2 is most likely never happening.