One of the common criticisms with the Marvel Netflix series, in particular during their infancy, was that the episode length didn’t justify the entire season’s worth. Take Luke Cage, for example, where some had more issues with the Diamondback portion of the season versus the Cottonmouth storyline in the first half. And to be fair, things did appear to be changing, such as Iron Fist having a shorter second season compared to the first. But Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and now Daredevil have now been bitten by the cancellation bug, but why?
There are various reasons that have been explained thus far, at least as far as Luke Cage and Iron Fist are concerned, but Daredevil had more consistent praise compared to the other Marvel Netflix programs. In a way, it may have been seen as untouchable if ever the opportunity arose for it to possibly get the axe. As we know now, that’s not the case, and it turns out that the higher-ups at Marvel and Netflix disagreed on how much story to tell.
This comes courtesy of Matthew Ball, a former strategy head at Amazon, who took to Twitter to give a lengthy explanation as to why these Marvel Netflix series have been cancelled. Among his many explanations was a bit that mentioned how Netflix wanted to shorten the length of the seasons from 13 to a mere six to eight episodes. This would, in turn, reduce the amount of money spent, but improve retention and quality at the same time. Disney and Marvel, though, balked at that suggestion.
There’s more in Ball’s discussion, such as the fact that the shows would not, as far as he believes, be revived on the likes of Hulu or Amazon. More than that, the Marvel characters would probably be in a period of hibernation for a few years. So any cancelled programs might have its characters put on ice at the moment. Here, have a look at Ball’s explanation in the thread below:
10/ Netflix reportedly wanted to shorten the seasons, thereby reducing total spend and improving retention and quality (Netflix’s shows, especially the Marvel ones, are famously bloated). Reportedly from 13 eps to 6-8.https://t.co/FduR4bW4I8
— Matthew Ball (@ballmatthew) December 3, 2018
It’s not an unreasonable proposal, mind you. With how much people prefer their entertainment in short bursts when given the chance, Netflix wanted to shorten the length to ensure fans would stick around. An in a way, the shorter second season of Iron Fist could be seen as more beneficial, more so given the critical reception of the first one. But again, Daredevil always seemed to have a leg up on its street level MCU brethren, given how well that show was received compared to the others.
So now it seems that we’re just waiting for the axe to drop on The Punisher and Jessica Jones– the latter of which is still filming at the moment- and if they go the way of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil. But what do you think of Netflix’s proposal? Would you have been fine with a shortened season length for the Marvel Netflix series? Or did you prefer the length of them as is? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
‘Captain Marvel’ Funko Toys Confirm Carol Danvers’ Cat Will Appear
With just about four months away from the release of Captain Marvel, Funko has now revealed its upcoming line of Pop! Vinyl Figures that are tied-in to the highly-anticipated film that features Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the titular heroine and perhaps the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The reveal of this new line of Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures show off some of the characters set to appear in the film, one of which includes Carol Danvers' feline companion Goose the Cat.
The name of our heroine's cat may come as a surprise to fans of the comics because in previous incarnations, Captain Marvel's cat is named Chewie and is actually part of the Flerken species.
You can check out two collectible Funko figures of Goose the Cat in the gallery down below. You can start viewing the images by clicking "Next".
Are you excited to see Carol Danvers' Goose the Cat in the film? What do you make of the new name choice instead of Chewie? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the MCU.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.