When ABC did not renew its fan favorite Marvel show Agent Carter for a third season, many fans hoped that Netflix, who produces several successful Marvel shows, would give Agent Carter a second home. However, Netflix passed on the opportunity, now explaining that the decision was two-fold.
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told Entertainment Weekly. “And in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.”
Netflix also apparently had questions about how Agent Carter would be distributed internationally - something the streaming service prefers to handle in-house, but which would have been hamstrung by ABC's pre-extisting contracts for the show.
“They also have some output deal complexities,” Sarandos explained. “So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”