There is no doubt that the relationship between Netflix and Marvel is strained at best. The announcement of Diseney+ put the writing on the wall for the majority of the Netflix owned Marvel series. If Disney/Marvel was going to introduce a competing streaming service it seemed pretty obvious that Netflix would no longer be willing to play ball, and from a business standpoint, I can’t really blame them. From a fan standpoint though, it sucks. The Marvel show cancellations have come across as a major bummer and maybe even a tad bit spiteful. This third season of Daredevil has received and deserved all of the praise thrown its way. This was by far the best of the best of any of the Marvel shows, and in any other universe, it would have garnered a fourth season pick up. The reviews were glowing, the numbers were there as Daredevil was one of Netflix’s most watched shows… in the history of the network, a fourth season should have been obvious. Netflix didn’t want to hear it though. The Marvel relationship is over as far as they were concerned and Daredevil along with The Punisher, Luke Cage, and the mostly terrible Iron Fist were all shut down. Leaving just one season of Jessica Jones left.
An upcoming season that Netflix seems to give two craps about promoting. Seriously, a couple of weeks ago a teaser poster was released confirming that this would indeed be the final season. All we were left with was the ever so vague “Coming Soon”, and I was okay with that. It was enough to get me hyped for one final season of Jessica Jones. There’s a ton of things I want to see, like the return of Luke Cage and the expanding of that romance, a return to the noir roots of the first season, as well as letting it serve as a bittersweet farewell to the Netflix Marvel Universe. Netflix, on the other hand, is giving the impression that they can’t be done with this Marvel content soon enough.
A couple of days ago the Netflix June schedule was released and included in that schedule was a casual reveal that season three of Jessica Jones will be released at some point next month. No fan fair around. There hasn’t even been a trailer. Jessica Jones season three out in June, we don’t even have a date, but keep an eye out for it. Kind of lame if you ask me. Jessica Jones is a Peabody award-winning television show. A freakin’ Peabody! And the best we can do is casually slipping the shows release in a blanket release statement?
Jessica Jones deserves better.
I know that Netflix is miffed with the whole Marvel thing. I understand that they just want this to be over with at this point. I get that they probably won’t let Hulu pick up any of these Netflix series out of spite. But let’s be honest here for a second, how many Netflix subscriptions were built on these Marvel shows? Daredevil is one of Netflix’s all-time most-watched shows. Not superhero shows. Not comic book shows. All. Time. Netflix got their monies worth out of their deal with Marvel and to dismiss this upcoming season of Jessica Jones with this nonchalant attitude is not only disrespectful to the creators of this show and character, but to the success of Netflix itself. I’d hate to believe that Netflix has become so arrogant that they can’t even properly promote a beloved show of theirs. They promote the hell out of Riverdale and that show belongs to the CW.
This final season of Jessica Jones should be celebrated. Sure, the marriage is over but it wasn’t all bad… except Iron Fist. There should be a degree of hype that leads into this final Marvel season. A conclusion to something that was for the most part great. Not to mention this property has a women superhero at its center, and if you haven’t noticed, there isn’t a lot of those around right now. Not to mention the stories are being told through the perspective of all women writers and directors which again is more of an anomaly then it should be. Jessica Jones deserves better, and it seems to be up to us to make sure the show gets the celebration it deserves.