Appears an update about the future of Netflix‘s Marvel’s The Defenders has shed a whole lot of light on the near-future lives of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones. Entertainment news agency Variety reported exclusively earlier today that the deal for the original four Marvel shows included a clause that prevented the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation.
So what the means for Netflix’s recently-cancelled Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist is that those characters would not be able to appear on the Disney+ streaming service until 2020 at the earliest. Even if Disney does make the move to get the band back together in 2020, they’ll be doing it without one of their main members: Jessica Jones is set to air its third season on Neflix some time in 2019. Even with a highly-likely cancellation notice looming on the horizon, the character would be stuck in non-Netflix limbo until some time in 2021.
Then there’s The Punisher, a Marvel-Netflix series that was not part of the original deal. Jon Bernthal‘s way-over-compensating vigilante/life coach was introduced during the second-season of Daredevil before spinning-off into a solo series. The second season of The Punisher is set set to debut in January 2019, with the future of the series uncertain after that – though with the direction the previous Marvel series have taken, most expect The Punisher to follow closely behind.
Disney’s Disney+ streaming service has already lined up several original shows, including limited series focusing on characters from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe; including Loki, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and the Winter Solider. The new service has also lined up live-action Star Wars shows The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal and a Cassian Andor series that has Diego Luna reprising his Rogue One role.
Marvel and Netflix have not commented on the matter.