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Here's What Season 3 of 'Luke Cage' Might Have Been Like

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By Robin Burks

Fans of the Netflix series Luke Cage are still upset about the series' abrupt cancellation after just two seasons. Many might argue it was one of the most solid Marvel shows to date and most praised actor Mike Colter for his turn as the superhero otherwise known as Power Man. However, the show ended with Cage taking over for a gangster, leaving many fans not only scratching their heads but wondering how the show could end on such a negative note.

Luke's story wasn't finished

Luke Cage
Netflix

The problem with how season 2 of Luke Cage ended was that it was only part of a greater story that the writers didn't get to finish. In an interview with TV Guide, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker stated that the intention was never to leave Luke as a gangster like that.

"But what I can say is that we had a very good season planned, and it was one that I think would have brought Luke Cage as a character full circle. You see people online that were like, 'Oh my god, I turned Luke into a gangster.' They wouldn't be [saying that] if they had the opportunity to see all three seasons and see the directions Luke would have gone."

We might never know what season 3 was about

Luke Cage
Netflix

Of course, everyone involved with the production of Luke Cage probably had to sign an NDA preventing them from talking about the show's future. That means that even Coker can't really confirm or deny certain plot points that might have happened. Coker said:

"It was crazy because we were hitting all these things that are happening in the press right now. I can't on the record talk about what we had planned because, contractually, you know, I still don't want any Marvel assassins coming out of the woodwork to try to take me out [laughing]."

Why Luke Cage was canceled

Luke Cage
Netflix

Luke Cage wasn't the only Marvel series that Netflix canceled. It also canceled all of the Marvel shows on its streaming subscription service, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Coker solely puts the blame on a dispute between the two companies, especially after Disney, Marvel's parent company, announced the launch of its own streaming subscription service, Disney+. Disney's plans for Marvel included launching new Marvel series on Disney+, making Disney and Netflix rivals, rather than partners. This ultimately killed the Marvel shows on Netflix.

Will we see Luke Cage again?

Luke Cage
Netflix

The biggest issue with Luke Cage returning to TV anytime soon is that Netflix still owns the streaming rights to the character for another year or so. However, after that, Disney could still bring Luke back, along with the rest of The Defenders, if the company chooses to. However, as these shows are more adult than what Disney+ offers, they would have to return via Hulu, which is also owned by Disney. It's unlikely that Disney will return to the The Defenders, though, as the company seems more focused on its future Marvel franchises instead.

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