Iron Fist has been cancelled by Netflix. It’s the first of the streaming giant’s Marvel shows to get the chop, only a few weeks after Season 2 premiered on the service.
The news of Iron Fist‘s cancellation was reported by Deadline, which was given a joint statement by Netlix and Marvel Television. “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” the statement said. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew, and showrunners. We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
Iron Fist was one of four initial Marvel shows that were produced by Netflix. But while Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were well received by critics and fans, the first season of Iron Fist, which was released in March 2017, was met with mostly negative reviews. A new showrunner was brought in for Season 2, and most reviews agreed that it was an improvement over the first season. However, it has not been enough to save the show.
Finn Jones, who starred as Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), took to Instagram to respond to the cancellation. He wrote: “With every end is a new beginning. I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show. Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.”
The end of Iron Fist on Netflix isn’t necessarily the last we’ll see of the character however. The other three original Marvel shows are still continuing–and a second season of The Punisher is due next year–so it’s possible that Jones might appear again in another Netflix series.
In addition, Disney is launching its own streaming platform next year, and we already know that new Marvel shows will be part of the content. The rumored series so far are based on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch. However, Deadline states that it was Netflix’s decision to cancel Iron Fist, rather than Marvel’s, so the character could get a second chance on the Disney service.
In related news, Daredevil Season 3 hit Netflix this week. In his review, GameSpot’s Michael Rougeau said the new season has a “much needed laser focus on the characters and stories fans actually care about.” Check out the full review here.