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Why Is Netflix Canceling Your Fave Marvel Shows? Glad You Asked...

By Tiffany White

It's a bad time to be a Marvel fan, especially if you're a watcher of its Netflix TV counterparts. Lately, Netflix has been cancelling all of its Marvel shows, starting with Luke Cage and Iron Fist this past summer, and Daredevil this past November. Putting the final nail in the coffin was the streaming platform's announcement that both The Punisher and Jessica Jones are not returning to Netflix, with the latter ending after its upcoming third season. 

Needless to say, but Marvel fans are this close to storming Netflix's corporate headquarters with pitchforks and torches. It's rare for Netflix to cancel successful shows — in fact, they tend to have a bad habit of keeping shows long after they should've been canceled. So why would the streaming giant axe the entire Marvel TV universe from its platform? Well, we have a few theories.

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It's all Disney's fault?

Disney, which has owned Marvel since 2009, is planning to roll out its own streaming service in 2019. Once the service is up, Disney will move all its Marvel films from Netflix to its own platform. Because of this, it's been widely speculated that Disney is intentionally killing Netflix's Marvel shows to eliminate the competition. The canceled shows will then later relive on Disney's own platform, making them even more insanely rich. 

It's a pretty good theory, except for one factor: Disney denied this. Despite the merger, Disney does not have the power to cancel Netflix shows. "Our Marvel series that Disney produces for us — we own those shows," Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said. "They run until we cancel them."

Plus, even if Disney did want to take over Netflix's Marvel shows, there's too much creative differences between the two studios, at least according to Rolling Stone TV critic Alan Sepinwall. "The Marvel shows for Disney are being produced by Marvel movie execs, who do not like or get along with the Marvel TV execs who made Dardevil," he tweeted. "Technically, they COULD make a Luke Cage show a few years down the line. They just don’t want to."

Ouch — well that doesn't sound promising.