Luke Cage has been canceled at Netflix.
This comes after the cancellation of Iron Fist as the streaming giant is seemingly trimming its Marvel programming.
But, according to Deadline, there was some behind-the-scenes turmoil as far as how to move forward for season 3.
The trade publication says the writers room, led by showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, has been working for about six months on scripts and taking notes from Netflix and Marvel. Several actors remained under contract, so a season 3 had been a foregone conclusion.
Deadline says, "After rising tensions the past month, that conclusion was scrapped as it all went distinctly south in the last 48 hours. The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age-old Hollywood 'creative differences' and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal on how to move forward, according to sources. With a season perched on the conclusion of the June 22 launched Season 2 plotted out months and months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week. We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both the Netflix and Marvel brass. Add to that, the writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September, as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to a slimmed down 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative regime. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly intractable and in different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears."
There is also the factor of the new Disney streaming service, where Marvel is moving all of its movies. Nothing was said about the fate of the series and if it would stay on Netflix (the other Marvel series are set at ABC, Freeform and Hulu -- all either owned by Disney or Disney has a large stake). Deadline says there are no plans to revive it on the Disney streaming service right now.
In season two, after clearing his name, Luke Cage became a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke was forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.
Marvel's Luke Cage was executive produced by showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, Jim Chory and Jeph Loeb.
The series starred Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Theo Rossi, Gabrielle Dennis, Mustafa Shakir and Rosario Dawson.