The news comes just days after the streaming service also announced the cancellation of another Marvel show, ‘Iron Fist’.
A joint statement from Netflix and Marvel read: “Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season. Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated show runner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”
The news coincides with the upcoming launch of Disney’s own steaming service. As reported in Variety, the parent company of Marvel, has already suggested that it would allow licensing deals with Marvel to expire so it’s content can be moved to Disney owned services.
The Netflix series, which stars Mike Colter as the eponymous lead, debuted on the streaming service in 2016 and told the story of how the former convict first became bestowed with powers of superhuman strength and unbreakable skin.
“So what I want to explore, and what’s going to be really interesting for the second season, is seeing how he handles these newfound freedoms”, he told Moviefone.
“What does it open up for him? How does his life change from now on moving forward? And what is it like to sort of be a person that when you walk down the street, everybody knows who he is?”
Meanwhile, fans have been reacting to the news on social media:
Gonna be honest, cancelling Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Marvel's 2 shows with the most POC presence, seems shortsighted at best, especially since both shows gave us Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, potentially two of their most compelling female heroines. pic.twitter.com/UNc4P3Fg85
— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) October 20, 2018
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) October 20, 2018
Iron Fist and now Luke Cage cancelled… this is the only thing going through my mind pic.twitter.com/AOdfaLm4pZ
— Christian Covington (@thetangibleC4) October 20, 2018
Iron Fist and now Luke Cage cancelled on #Netflix!? ?. Run Jessica, run! Hopefully they team up elsewhere or we get some new heroes introduced. Preferred Iron Fist over Luke Cage though (but need to watch the new seasons). #Marvel
— Chirag (@ChiragMaher) October 20, 2018
Damb. I wasn’t a Marvel/DC type kid but I invested in Luke Cage for the culture. I was excited about @AnnabellSciorra getting her just due, also excited for season 3 ep titles. What was reasoning @cheo_coker?
— Questlove from @SongsThatShook Oct 13th @AMC_tv (@questlove) October 20, 2018
Just when I thought the Immortal Iron Fist was gonna continue being immortal with Luke Cage, the Power Man himself gets canceled too.
Harlem's Hero is great, and gave hope for some team-ups with Iron Fist characters, a la Heroes for Hire and Daughters of the Dragon. pic.twitter.com/kIkTgF50VE
— Ismael Navarro (@Captain_Cassian) October 20, 2018
— saood aldakeel (@AldakeelSoud) October 20, 2018
Netflix cancelled Luke Cage now too. I had some understanding with Iron Fist, but come ON! Luke Cage was so damn good.
— ryan (@rhuntern) October 20, 2018
Iron Fist and Luke Cage are both cancelled, which could only mean that they might do Heroes for Hire. Which makes sense, cancel two shows and make them into one. Finn Jones and Mike Colter could work real good as a duo on a show together anyway.
— Sina Siassi (@SinaSiassi) October 20, 2018
Meanwhile, Finn Jones, star of the recently cancelled Iron Fist shared an Instagram post reacting to the news.
Speaking about the cancellation of Iron Fist earlier this week, Jones said: “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.”
Speaking about the mixed reaction to season 1 of Iron Fist, 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”. He said: “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.”