Recently, Netflix officially cancelled The Punisher and Jessica Jones. And this served as the final blow to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fans. By the end of 2018, other MCU shows like Daredevil, the Defenders, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and had been cancelled by Netflix.
Because it was Netflix, no certain reasons were given for the cancellation of the shows.
Why did Netflix cancel MCU shows?
But now we have our answers. According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) report, it was all about the money as to why the MCU fell apart. Here is what THR reported about the reason behind why Netflix cancelled the Punisher and Jessica Jones:
“In simple words, Netflix never had any ownership stakes in any of the MCU TV series. Disney owned all the six of them. Apparently, Netflix paid a hefty licensing fee to ABC Studios for each season of the MCU TV series.”
How is the game changing?
Well, nothing much was news to us in the above statement. At least now the MCU fans have some clarity on the multiple Netflix cancelled series. But here we can see, there is a new phase of the entertainment industry which is all set for a launch in the upcoming years. Studios are finding ways to own and distribute their content directly to customers. They have also found out ways to avoid the expensive licensing fees that come along with broadcast TV or online streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. The biggest player in this game has been Disney. It even had a merger with 20th Century Fox; which means more expansion.
The merger between Netflix and Marvel seems impossible in such a situation. And Disney has been assembling every part of the MCU into one platform. Now it has got its hands on the Netflix cancelled series as well.
Where can you watch Netflix cancelled shows like The Punisher?
You can watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders on Netflix — for now. They might telecast it later on Disney+ or something like FX.