Deadline announced the news Friday night. It came as a surprise to fans, and also to many non-fans, since "Iron Fist" is part of the Marvel/Netflix series of "Defenders" shows and they seemed ... well, less destructible than this. Sure, the first season of "Iron Fist" was pretty much panned, but many of the toughest critics said Season 2 was a lot better. And Season 2 just came out September 7.
Marvel/Disney shared a joint statement with Deadline:
"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. 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."
Here's an interesting additional note from Deadline:
"I hear that while Marvel wanted Iron Fist to continue on Netflix, the parent company’s new rival to the streamer has put the idea of a resurrection in consideration as it fosters the likes of the already announced Jon Favreau produced Star Wars series too."
There's already a Change.org petition asking for "Iron Fist" to come back:
Bring Back Iron Fist
"Netflix has made a terrible decision in cancelling Iron Fist after 2 seasons . There are many fans of the character and the series and most people said that the second season was excellent . I think its unfair that Luke Cage , Jessica Jones and Daredevil get a third season and their shows get mixed reviews too yet Iron Fist gets the shaft . There is so much more potential and stories to be told and its not great fanservice to end the last season on a cliff hanger and not go along with it especially when the second season was more well recieved with critics and fans . So Netflix and Marvel please revise your decision and greenlight a third season for Iron Fist."
The petition only has about 10,000 signatures at this point, but it may pick up steam.
Meanwhile, stars Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick reacted to the cancellation with gratitude to the fans:
If Disney does pick up the show for the streaming service, we may see these guys again in a year or two.
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