Photo of Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter Has Fans Mourning the Marvel Netflix Universe

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For a while, it seemed that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be able to easily get their superhero fix on the largest streaming platform, Netflix. Shows like Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and The Punisher released to huge audiences, and rave reviews. But now, only a few years later, that’s all over.

Netflix canceled every one of it’s Marvel shows, and fans are still mourning the decision. 

The reign of the Marvel Netflix shows

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The first Marvel series to join Netflix was Daredevil in early 2015, followed quickly by Jessica Jones that same year. They were the first mature-audience Marvel TV shows with expert-level cinematography. And all available to easily stream from the comfort of your home. It was a revelation for superhero fans. 

More Marvel shows joined the Netflix lineup, with Luke Cage in 2016, then Iron Fist and The Punisher in 2017. Next up was The Defenders, a show which brought together all of Netflix’s street-level Marvel heroes.

The genre thrived and was thought to attract a huge audience, although Netflix won’t release the exact numbers. But even with all that success, just a few years later, every Marvel show on Netflix has been canceled. 

Why did Netflix cancel it’s Marvel shows?

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Netflix’s Marvel shows all had big audiences, but none of them lasted longer than three seasons, and it’s all because of licensing. The swift death of these series comes down to the fact that Netflix doesn’t own the character license to any of these superheroes. 

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Marvel is owned by Disney. So, Netflix had to pay a large fee to Disney for every season they produce with Marvel characters. In addition, Disney now has their own streaming service, which directly competes with Netflix.

Disney is producing their own shows with Marvel characters, and when Netflix promotes the same characters, they risk losing viewers who would follow the heroes over to Disney shows. It’s a lot of investment for Netflix, without a big enough

Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet


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