Marvel Television President Jeph Loeb has penned a letter to fans of Netflix's canceled Defenders street-level heroes (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones), along with The Punisher will make a return.
"Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters... but you know Marvel better than that," Loeb's letter said, ending with the cryptic tease of, "To be continued...!"
Earlier this morning Netflix confirmed the cancellation of The Punisher and Jessica Jones, with the latter's Season 3 marking the end of the Marvel-Netflix collaboration.
Loeb recently said he believes any of the previously canceled Marvel Netflix shows (Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) could return on a different streaming service like Hulu or Disney+ while discussing the end of those programs and the recently-announced final season of Legion.
“I would not be surprised if any of those things reemerged. It depends on showrunner, it depends on availability of cast, all of those things," Loeb said. "It’s not like we’re a doctor show where the show got canceled because of bad ratings.”
You can read Loeb's entire letter below:
It had never been done before.
Four separate television series, each with different super-talented showrunners, writers, directors, cast and crew, coming out months apart and then...
...they would meet in a single event series all set in the heart of New York City.
We called them The Defenders.
And together we were thrilled by stories of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and even the Punisher joined in!
They said it couldn't be done.
But Marvel assembled amazing teams to write, produce, direct, edit, and score 13 seasons and 161 one-hour episodes.
Take a moment and go online and look at the dazzling list of actors, writers, directors, and musicians who graced us with the very best of their craft.
We loved each and every minute of it.
And we did it all for you -- the fans -- who cheered for us around the world and made all the hard work worth it.
So, Thank You!
On behalf of everyone at Marvel Television, we couldn't be more proud or more grateful to our audience.
Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters... but you know Marvel better than that.
As Matthew Murdock's Dad once said, "The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it's how he gets back up."
To be continued...!
- Jeph Loeb and all of us at Marvel Television