Has Netflix joined the Mad Titan in his quest for world domination by completely decimating their own library of original Marvel Television properties? The powerhouse streaming service recently sent shockwaves throughout the fandom with their savage cancellations of Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. And just when you thought that all hope was not completely lost on surviving fan favorites Jessica Jones and The Punisher, official news broke today that the destructive powers of the Netflix culling had arrived at an endgame of its own with the obliteration of the two remaining series’.
But from the ashes hope springs eternal in the form of a letter of appreciation written to the fans by Marvel Television executive, Jeph Loeb. The message also included an expression of gratitude for all of the hardworking staff whose teamwork made the dream work in order to bring the Defenders to life on the small screen. But it is the cryptic quote included at the conclusion of the note that gives fans a reason to believe that these heroes may yet live to fight another day on another streaming network. Here is the open letter to fans from Marvel’s Jeph Loeb.
“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”
Some have guesstimated the possibility of Hulu stepping in as a safe house for many of the displaced Marvel Television heroes who’s methods for saving the day might be a little too adult for the family-friendly potential customers of the Disney + streaming service, launching this Fall. It would make perfect sense for team Defenders to reassemble their shows at Hulu since the streaming service is not only the current home of another original live-action Marvel Television series, Marvel’s Runaways, but it also just happens to be partially owned by Disney.
So my friends at this point the answer to the question of when will Marvel Television eventually reunite the fans of their small screen MCU supers is, like certain fallen members of team Avengers, now blowing in the wind.