The Punisher and Jessica Jones Are Safe (For Now)

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Marvel's The Punisher and Jessica Jones are safe at Netflix for now, with additional seasons already expected to arrive sometime in 2019. In 2013, Netflix and Marvel TV struck a deal for four standalone superhero shows whose main characters would eventually unite for The Defenders miniseries. The first of those shows officially launched in 2015 with Daredevil season 1, followed by inaugural seasons of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. As planned, the four NYC-based heroes teamed up for the miniseries, then continued on in their own shows. Further, Marvel and Netflix expanded their deal with the Daredevil season 2 spinoff The Punisher.

For the most part, Netflix's partnership with Marvel TV has seemed to be a success. The initial seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were all critical hits, though it's unclear what kind of viewership they received since Netflix doesn't release that data. However, Iron Fist and The Defenders were less well received, and although The Punisher received decent reviews, it didn't garner the same amount of buzz as the other Marvel Netflix series. Still, many were surprised when Netflix canceled Iron Fist after two seasons, and they were even more surprised when Luke Cage was canceled as well a week later. Now, fans of Netflix's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be wondering about the status of its other shows.

Related: Why Netflix Cancelled Iron Fist

Daredevil season 3 only just premiered, on the same day that Luke Cage was canceled no less. As of now, Daredevil hasn't been renewed, and it's unclear what will become of the show following Matt Murdock. Thankfully, the futures are a bit brighter for The Punisher and Jessica Jones, which each have an additional season on the way and expected to arrive in 2019.

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The Punisher season 2 wrapped filming earlier this year and is expected to debut on Netflix in early 2019. Meanwhile, Jessica Jones season 3 is still filming, though it should wrap before the end of the year, and will hit the streaming service sometime in 2019. Since both seasons are far into production or post-production, it would cost Netflix money not to release them, so they're pretty much guaranteed to see the light of day.

With that said, like Daredevil, the future of both The Punisher and Jessica Jones after those seasons premiere is completely unknown. Of the three shows, The Punisher seems the most likely to be canceled if only because buzz for the show is less than Daredevil and Jessica Jones - though admittedly that doesn't necessarily correlate to the shows' viewership numbers. However, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is stepping down after season 3, so it might make the most sense to conclude the series at that point. Of course, that's just speculation at this point, because it's unclear what exactly Netflix plans to do with its Marvel TV lineup.

Fans have pointed out that Netflix and Marvel TV may be setting up Daughters of the Dragon and/or Heroes for Hire spinoffs from Iron Fist and Luke Cage, since the canceled shows' characters participated in those team-ups in the comics. However, it's still unclear whether Netflix will continue the stories of the characters or if the cancellations are simply the end. In terms of The Punisher and Jessica Jones, fans have additional seasons of each to look forward to, but what becomes of the Marvel TV shows after those seasons premiere remains to be seen.

Next: Every The Punisher Season 2 Update You Need To Know

Daredevil season 3 is available now on Netflix; The Punisher season 2 and Jessica Jones season 3 are expected to premiere sometime in 2019.

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