Netflix cancels Marvel's Luke Cage

Cheo Hodari Coker Simone Missick Mike Colter Rosario Dawson and Mustafa Shakir attend the Netflix Original Series Marvel's Luke Cage Season 2 New York City Premiere

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A statement from Netflix regarding Luke Cage was less detailed.

The streaming service made the shocking announcement on Friday night, giving the show the boot after two seasons and ending it on quite a cliffhanger as [SPOILER ALERT] Luke became the new crime boss of Harlem following Mariah's death in the finale.

The news was quite surprising (certainly more so than Iron Fist, anyway), given how well received the first two seasons have been by fans and critics, and it had been expected that we'd see Colter's Power Man back for a third solo outing.

These reasons make it look like the viewership wasn't the issue with Luke Cage, however, we can't be sure that it didn't affect the series completely, given that Netflix never released those statistics.

Colter posted a photo with his daughter to Twitter and wrote, "I am forever grateful to Marvel and Netflix for letting me portray such a prolific character, and I thank you wonderful fans".

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"Luke Cage is the finest Marvel show in existence".

A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Star Mike Colter was under contract. Chances are the former is safe (for now), as series showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is seemingly in the process of penning the script for season 3.

"So wait... First they cancel Iron Fist after a massive improvement". "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". Are you down with a Heroes for Hire series? "Just a tragedy losing this great show".

"Data from Crimson Hexagon provided to Business Insider shows that social-media buzz for Netflix's Marvel shows has dropped dramatically over time." . "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series", Netflix and Marvel Television said in a joint statement.

Daredevil Season 3 has been streaming since October 19th, and, for all intents and purposes, it represents a return to form for the MCU on Netflix.

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