The first domino fell the moment Iron Fist was cancelled. The second after the cancellation of Luke Cage. Admittedly, it came as nearly no surprise when Netflix cancelled Iron Fist. The show didn’t do enough to impress and received more criticism than it did praise.
Luke Cage is a different story.
The show was heavily praised for its take on the character. In fact, Mike Colter’s version of Power Man was one of the most liked in the Netflix Universe. Aside from Rosario Dawson’s Night Nurse, Luke Cage made more appearances in other shows than anyone else.
I’ve sat back and speculated why Netflix would cancel a show as well-liked as Luke Cage and two things came to mind.
A Netflix Heroes for Hire show?
First, and probably most likely, Netflix is set to give the world the Heroes For Hire show it has been asking for. The moment that Marvel and Netflix announced that the two characters would have their own shows, fans around the globe began salivating at what could come. The Heroes For Hire has been a staple in the Marvel Universe for the better part of 40 years. They provide one of the best dynamics in comics and Netflix would be foolish not to capitalize on it.
We first got a glimpse of them during the Defenders. While the interactions seemed forced, the two did display chemistry. It wasn’t until the second season of Luke Cage that the two shined. Their single episode together was a high point in a pretty good season.
If that doesn’t happen (and I can’t understand why it wouldn’t) then the only feasible alternative is that Marvel wants to bring its characters under one roof. Marvel is set to launch its own streaming service and has already announced mini-series that include both Scarlet Witch and Loki.
More muscle than Thor
Marvel, no Disney, is no stranger to marketing and flexing its giant Thor-like muscles. They’ve already bought Fox, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Galactus, Dr. Doom, Spider-Man, and nearly every imaginable character in existence. Marvel wants its characters back and will do it by any means necessary.
If they plan to add the Heroes For Hire to their service, this is a step in the right direction. Think of it like ruling a world with a, no pun intended, Iron Fist. That’s Disney.
Either way, I have faith that both Marvel and Netflix will do right by the characters. In the meantime, Daredevil Season 3 has just launched and Jessica Jones is on the way.