Netflix has decided against renewing Marvel Television's Luke Cage for a third season.
"Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Marvel and Netflix told Deadline in a joint statement. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, 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 Hollywood trade reports that showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and a team of writers had been working for the past six months on scripts (with input from Netflix), and that several actors including lead actor Mike Colter were under contract for a third season.
"A formal Season 3 order was considered almost a foregone conclusion by all concerned," according to Deadline.
However something reportedly happened in the past month, with "rising tensions" surfacing and "it all went distinctly south in the last 48 hours" due to "creative differences" and the request by Netflix for change in writers for the show.
While the door is now open for Marvel Television to take Luke Cage to the Disney Play streaming service, currently there are no plans for that according to Deadline.
Coker spoke out about the cancelation on Twitter.
A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make. Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always...— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) October 20, 2018
This Luke Cage cancelation comes after a similar decision for Iron Fist. Both Jessica Jones and the Punisher have been renewed for third and second seasons, respectively, and Daredevil's third season premiered earlier this month.