Published On: Thu, Feb 21st, 2019

‘Black Widow’ get a director as Netflix bids farewell to ‘Punisher’ ‘Jessica Jones’

While fans don’t much about the next phase of Marvel films, one thing is clear, a Black Widow standalone film appears to be moving forward quickly and the Netflix deal is officially over.

Black Widow

Marvel has hired Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) to rewrite the script for the Black Widow standalone movie that will star Scarlett Johansson, Collider reported.

Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland (Lore) is directing the action movie, which like all MCU movies, will be produced by Kevin Feige. Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle) wrote the previous draft of the script.

“Marvel made it a priority to hire a female director for Black Widow, meeting with more than 70 candidates before settling on Shortland, though the studio did, at one point, consider male filmmakers. The point is, Marvel ultimately just wants the best person for the job, regardless of gender, and was won over by Shortland’s vision for Johansson’s solo mission. Having said that, I hear there was a fairly specific reason that Marvel looked at Benson for the new draft of Black Widow.”

As Disney+ comes on line soon, the Netflix Marvel shows are officially being cancelled.

Punisher and Jessica Jones

Headlines everywhere gave fans the bad news: Netflix has cancelled its last two remaining Marvel TV shows: The Punisher and Jessica Jones.

Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”

Jessica Jones doesn’t even get the benefit of Netflix keeping its cancellation under wraps until its new season airs, as the in-the-can third season of the series is confirmed to be its last: “In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”

While its unsurprising, it’s still tough for fans to endure the end of Iron Fist, a week later, Mike Colter’s Luke Cage. 

“Now it’s official: The Marvel Netflix TV Universe is no more. The experiment began with the exciting announcement that not only was Daredevil being produced as a Netflix series that would be more adult-oriented in content than the PG-13 movies, but it would be followed by standalone series for Luke CageIron Fist, and Jessica Jones, leading to an Avengers-style team-up series called The Defenders. The first seasons of the aforementioned shows were fairly well received (well, aside from Iron Fist), but by the time we got to The Defenders, interest was waning.”

Of course, it was never meant to be a TV action showcase, but that’s what fans were look for in an age full of other options on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc…


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