A few news sites are reporting that Marvel may have hinted that there may be no more new Marvel shows coming to Netflix. Back in 2013 when Marvel and Netflix announced they were creating “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones”, “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” to lead up to “The Defenders”. As an offshoot of these very successful series came “The Punisher”. What all these series have in common is they are very dark and, at times, very violent – not your usual Marvel/Disney affair.
“We obviously want the Marvel Television series currently on Netflix to have a long and lauded run,” he told Bloomberg in an email.
He added that new projects would seek out “networks and platforms that are the best fit for that content, including the Disney-branded streaming service.”
The important phrase here is “best fit”. There have been a number of Marvel TV shows aside from the Netflix series: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “Agent Carter”, “Inhumans” and the upcoming “Cloak & Dagger”. All of these have been on either ABC or Freeform – Disney-owned TV networks. All these shows are relatively family-friendly, TV-safe etc – very different from the Netflix series. They have also all had much less success than those on Netflix. The Marvel TV shows, the Netflix/Marvel TV shows and the Marvel Movies are three very different types of programme. There is also “Runaways” on Hulu, “Legion” on FX and “The Gifted” on Fox – so it’s not like Netflix were the only network/platform for Marvel TV shows anyway.
If Marvel planned on creating a new, dark and violent series then would the Disney-owned, family-friendly ABC network be the best fit? Would a Disney streaming service be the best fit? Or would Netflix, with it’s existing history of successful Marvel series be the best fit?
So I wouldn’t quite give up hope just yet – of course, there’s a chance that Marvel will want to keep their TV series more family friendly, but given the relative lack of success of their current TV shows and the fact they will be making a lot of money from Netflix then they may well decide to add to the current Netflix/Marvel roster in the future… If they decide that is the “best fit”.