I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears that #Netflix has decided to pull the plug on #Marvel's #Harlem hero, #LukeCage.
Yes, unfortunately that means no season 3 for fans of the popular series. @Deadline reports that the cancelation of "Luke Cage" comes on the heels of the news that the show #IronFist was canned, which was about a week ago.
"Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Marvel and the streaming service said in a release. "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, the cancelation came as a surprise, especially considering the show's success. A writers' room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for around six months, producing scripts and taking notes from Netflix and Marvel without warning. As actors including lead Mike Colter remained under contract, a formal Season 3 order was considered almost a sure thing by all concerned.
The same day Luke Cage got the axe was the same day the long awaited third season of Daredevil launched.
After rising tensions over the past month, that conclusion was scrapped as it all went south in the last 48 hours. Luke Cage's cancelation was ultimately a combo of what people in the biz call "creative differences" and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal on how to move forward, according to sources.
With a season springing from the conclusion of the June 22-launched Season 2 plotted out months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week. But the rumored tea is that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts despite the fact that the scripts "strongly incorporated" suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel.