Marvel‘s Iron Fist has been cancelled following the release of its second season earlier this year.
News about the show’s future was released in a joint statement by Netflix and Marvel which read: “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. 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.”
The statement continued: “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
The show’s leading actor, Finn Jones, responded to the cancellation by posting an image of himself as the show’s leading character with the caption ‘Immortal.’
Jones wrote: “With every end is a new beginning. I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show.”
He also added: “Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support.”
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with every end is a new beginning. I have an enormous amount of love and respect for everyone involved with the last two seasons of this show. Defending the greatest city in the world amongst the most talented and warmest people has been a privilege and a joy. Blessed to have taken this journey and grateful for the ongoing support. ???
There was hope amongst Marvel fans that after the release of the first full-length trailer for the second season of the critically-mixed Iron Fist dropped, with fans seeming to think the series was correcting some of the mistakes the show made in its first season.
Following a few teasers – the first of which was released at Comic-Con – the first full trailer for the second bout of Iron Fist showed how much Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) had changed since his first season, going through the events of The Defenders and the second season of ‘Luke Cage’.
However, despite many fans responding more positively to season 2 upon its eventual release, it seems it wasn’t enough to prevent the shows cancellation. You can read more reaction to the shows cancellation on social media here:
I genuinely can't believe that I'm about to say this:
Netflix has cancelled Iron Fist, and I'm actually sad? https://t.co/ipa82PYOv3
— James Whitbrook (@Jwhitbrook) October 13, 2018
Just found out that a season 2 of Iron Fist was released a month ago. A second later I found out that the show has been cancelled.
Why @netflix, why? Why cancel Iron Fist but keep the horrible Jessica Jones-show alive?
— It's Always Eboue (@ArsenalANewDawn) October 13, 2018
What a shame #IronFist has been cancelled. Series two was consistently good fun and enjoyable and corrected the mistakes of series one.
— Claire (@jugglingapples) October 13, 2018
— MARIE ? (@HeyItsMarieM) October 13, 2018
— Comics Explained (@comicsexplained) October 13, 2018
Breaking: Netflix has cancelled #IronFist. This sucks. Season 2 was a huge improvement and set up some really cool storylines for S3. I’m hoping it moves to Disney’s streaming service or ‘Heroes for Hire’ & ‘Daughters of the Dragon’ is finally announced. pic.twitter.com/an1XtEa3Zx
— Austin Grant (@AustinPlanet) October 13, 2018
Speaking about the mixed reaction to season 1, Jones defended the show from its bad reviews, arguing that it’s because his character was too similar to Donald Trump.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Jones claimed that people were put off because he is playing a “white American billionaire superhero”.
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show,” he said. “I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US.”
He added: “We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump’s in power, how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy number one.”