Hulu might be snapping up the Marvel shows after they were cancelled on Netflix.
American entertainment company Hulu have revealed that they’re ‘open for business with Marvel’, prompting rumours that they could snap up the recently cancelled Netflix original shows, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil.
Iron Fist and Luke Cage were both cancelled after two seasons, while Daredevil’s season three finished in 2018.
“Marvel has a ton of titles we’d be interested in,” Hulu’s Senior Vice President of Originals Chris Erwich told The Wrap. “It kind of just depends on when they’re ready, [and] who, most importantly, is going to be behind these things.”
“We’ve had a relationship with Marvel since ‘Runaways,’ we’re getting into business on these animated shows,” Erwich continued. “I’m sure it will lead to — you know, business gets you business — we have a good creative relationship with them. That’s where opportunities tend to arise.”
Fans of the shows are of course, delighted, but it begs the question – do these shows even need to be renewed in the first place?
First commissioned back in 2015, Daredevil was the first Marvel series to hit Netflix. The show’s first season was met with critical acclaim, mostly due to brilliant baddie Wilson Fisk and the introduction of The Punisher in is season one finale. It holds an impressive 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and two more seasons were quickly snapped up. While both seasons were a hit with fans – with The Punisher later bagging his own show – news of a fourth season was squashed after the show was cancelled in November 2018.
The season three finale saw Benjamin ‘Dex’ Poindexter completing his transformation into Bullseye, so there’s plenty of potential for a fourth season. And while Wilson Fisk found himself behind bars once again, that hasn’t stopped the businessman from being a regular on screen.
Daredevil versus Bullseye would be a little too obvious but as with all Marvel shows, there’s plenty of possibility for new villains. Deborah Woll (Karen Page) has also previously said she’d love to work with more female actors onscreen. “I don’t get to work with women a lot on this series,” she said. “I think it would be really wonderful to have another female character come in that specifically Karen could work side-by-side with.”
Vanessa Fisk anyone? Okay, that’s not exactly what Woll is asking for but the idea of Vanessa Fisk as the main villain is too good to pass up. A new season could also introduce Blindspot, Daredevil’s protege, who appeared in the second and last season of Iron Fist, played by James Chen.
Real talk: We all wanted Iron Fist to be better than it was. There was plenty of potential but critics slammed the show for its lack of originality and momentum. It was quickly passed off as the weakest MCU show yet, scoring an embarrassing 38% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Were critics too harsh? Not really. While Finn Jones gave Iron Fist his best shot and the writers threw in that twist for the season two finale, it was a case of too little, too late. A third season would probably explore more about the Iron Fists of the past plus Colleen’s own history but unfortunately, the show’s lethargic reputation would probably see a third season go unnoticed. Hell, let’s just give Colleen her own show – she was without a doubt, the highlight of season two.
First introduced in Jessica Jones, Mike Colter bagged his own show in 2016. It’s a brilliant, fast-paced belter of an MCU show, starring some of the best actors around (hiya Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali). Colter provided the perfect mix of a sarcastic, strong hero and season two’s emotional ending gives plenty of options for a third season.
With Cage inheriting his late nemesis’ club, Harlem’s Paradise, season three could continue to explore Cage the man, rather than just Cage the superhero. Luke Cage is arguably one of the best MCU shows when it comes to character development and showing off that more vulnerable side of its protagonist will give Luke Cage the edge it needs to continue succeeding.
Speaking about that finale, showrunner and creator Cheo Hodari Coker told THR: “I wanted at the very end of the season for people to really know this guy,” he explains. “I want them to think, ‘Let me go all the way back to episode one and watch all 26 again.’ We wanted a kind of twist that would make people do that.”
Notable villains Chemistro, Moses Magnum and Gideon Mace are yet to make an appearance on the show too, so there’s loads of potential for a brand new baddie. Just leave out the Iron Fist crossovers, please.