The second season of Punisher has seen a less steep drop off than other Netflix-Marvel shows, but will that be enough to stop it from getting the axe?
Chances are that multiple times so far in your life, you have been hit with the blow that is one of your favorite TV shows being canceled. A series coming to a natural conclusion and planned end is bad enough, but a cancelation is something else altogether. The last episode will have likely ended on a cliffhanger and nine times out of ten, nothing is or can be done to remedy it.
The biggest example of that, and the worst one for us personally, over the past year or so has been the canning of most of Netflix's Marvel shows. The franchise kicked off with Daredevil, and a handful of different heroes have gradually been added. However, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist have all been canceled. Jessica Jones and Punisher are now the only two left standing.
Amid the cancelations, which have seemed somewhat random in some cases, Jumpshot and Business Insider has provided us a glimmer of hope. The second season of Punisher recently hit Netflix and according to the analytics, it has seen less of a drop in viewership versus season one than its Marvel rivals. The 40% drop is less than Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and even the popular Daredevil which all suffered 60% drop-offs.
While this seems like good news on the surface, it may not be what ultimately saves Punisher from meeting the same fate as the other Netflix-Marvel shows. While the cancelations of Iron Fist and Luke Cage were expected, Daredevil's removal came as quite the surprise. It was the only show in the series to get a third season, and that season went down a storm. However, it still got canceled shortly after season three was released.
While no definite reason has been given as to why Marvel's Netflix shows are slowly disappearing one by one, the suspicion is it's because of the arrival of Disney Plus later this year. Disney Plus will be a streaming service that will ultimately aim to compete with Netflix. Since Marvel is now a part of Disney, the corporation likely doesn't want the shows being on Netflix. Hopefully, that means we could see them pop back up on Disney Plus down the line.