Why did Netflix choose to cancel The Punisher? When news finally broke that the streaming giant had pulled the plug on The Punisher (as well as Jessica Jones) nobody was really surprised. Over the last few months, the relationship between Marvel and Netflix seems to have been winding down; even Daredevil, the flagship Marvel Netflix show, was canceled after three excellent seasons. But some fans had still hoped there was a chance for The Punisher, a spinoff that wasn't part of the original deal and mostly disconnected from The Defenders. It seems that wasn't to be, though, and The Punisher has joined the ranks of the Marvel shows that have been canceled by Netflix.
Netflix issued an official statement in which they thanked everyone involved in the series, including showrunner Steve Lightfoot and the exceptional cast, especially star Jon Bernthal. Marvel's Jeph Loeb responded to the news with a statement of his own, dedicated in equal measure to the cast and crew and to the fans who had continued to tune in to the Marvel Netflix shows over the years. "Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters," he noted, "but you know Marvel better than that." Given Loeb's note of optimism, it's worth asking just why Netflix decided to cancel The Punisher in the first place.
The first reason is a simple one; the various Marvel Netflix shows are expensive to produce and there's evidence they just weren't performing well for the streaming giant. Although Netflix tends not to publish viewing figures, third-party analytics shared with Screen Rant suggested the Marvel series have been losing viewers for years. In fact, the general decline in viewership was what you'd expect to see in a single long-running show; it suggested viewers were interacting with Marvel as a discrete brand, rather than with each series individually. In the end, there would naturally come a time where only the hardcore Marvel fans were tuning in.
It's worth noting that The Punisher season 2 did buck this trend a little, and is believed to have lost viewers at a slower rate than the other shows; for all that's the case, though, it was still losing viewers. What's more, demand for The Punisher was surprisingly low through 2018, and was outstripped by Daredevil in January - in spite of the fact a new series aired. Even though some had been hoped it would survive, there wasn't audience interest to entertain that discussion.
But there are other, strategic reasons as well. Netflix signed up to their deal with Marvel back in 2013, when they needed these high-profile properties in order to stand out from the crowd. Fast-forward to 2019, however, and Netflix has a very competitive slate even without Marvel; they can launch an unknown property and make it a hit overnight. Netflix isn't short of comic book adaptations and superhero properties either; they're aiming to build a whole universe based around Millarworld, and it's surely no coincidence these latest cancellations were announced straight after The Umbrella Academy premiered over the weekend. Netflix simply doesn't need Marvel anymore.
Ultimately, Netflix made a decision to draw a line under its partnership with Marvel. The truth is that viewers were fortunate to get The Punisher season 2 at all, which was already in production when Netflix began canceling the various Marvel series. Unlike Iron Fist or Luke Cage, though, at least The Punisher didn't end on a cliffhanger of any kind.
Recently, the two streaming giants Netflix and Hulu went head to head when they both released documentaries on the Fyre Fest disaster within days of each other. While this is by far the most deliberate head to head media the pair have put out, this is hardly the first time they've battled for the same audience. After all, they have a very similar viewer pool, drawing in binge-loving fans from around the globe.
From dramas to comedies to documentaries, Netflix and Hulu have made seriously similar content, very likely on purpose. Somebody has to try to be the top streaming dog. Here are 10 other shows Hulu and Netflix have gone head to head over (besides The Fyre Fest documentaries).
10 CHELSEA DOES VS. I LOVE YOU, AMERICA
In 2016, Chelsea Handler debuted a series on Netflix called Chelsea Does. During the show, she tackled a bunch of hot topics in America through interviews, exploration, and questioning her own beliefs.
Only a year later, in 2017, Sarah Silverman premiered I Love You, America, in which she tests her own beliefs while talking about tough topics. One of the most famous clips from the show is in episode six, where she discusses Louis C.K. Silverman wonders, "Can you love someone who did bad things?" Both shows are very personal projects aimed towards questioning our world. While they definitely have their differences, they have the same core goal.
9 BLACK MIRROR VS. CASTLE ROCK
Smart horror is very "in" right now, and Netflix and Hulu won't let you forget that. At first, Black Mirror was a British anthology series. However, ever since 2015, the series has been owned by Netflix and they've only made it bigger and better. Recently the Black Mirror movie, Bandersnatch, was a pop culture sensation. Fans of the bizarre and uncomfortable have become absolutely smitten with the series.
Combining the discomfort of Black Mirror and Stephen King's large body of work, Hulu debuted Castle Rock in 2018. While a much more serialized story, Castle Rock still gives those bizarre, eerie vibes. After all, if there's anything King stories teach readers, it's that well-meaning small towns in Maine can be pretty spooky.
8 UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT VS. THE MINDY PROJECT
The Mindy Project premiered on regular television, but when it was canceled, Hulu picked it up and created another two full seasons, ending in 2017. Fans were so devoted that Hulu smartly gave it the extra seasons it deserved. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt premiered in 2015 on Netflix and ran until its end early this year. While later seasons struggled, the earlier seasons really struck a chord with audiences.
Mind you, the premises of these stories are very different. Kimmy Schmidt's story follows her adjusting to New York life after the Reverend kept her in a bunker for over a decade. In Mindy's life, she's a fearless gynecologist forging her own path in the world. However, both these shows are particular about empowering women's goals and dreams.
7 MINDHUNTER VS. CHANCE
After House ended, Hugh Laurie needed another fascinating show to star in. In comes Hulu's Chance, a series about a psychiatrist who enters a relationship with a patient, and things only get more wild and twisted from there. Rife with danger, lives ending, and madness, it's a really warped tale of a show.
In 2017, Netflix premiered its response to psychological intrigue mixed with danger and fatalities. This was Mindhunter. Following the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit in 1977, the team of three agents work their hardest to track down monsters, though it leads them down some serious mind-holes.
6 SEX EDUCATION VS. PEN15
Netflix's Sex Education is a series about navigating young, intimate relationships. The story is told through the lens of Otis, the son of a sex therapist who struggles with his own relationship with his body. With his friends Eric and Maeve, he learns more about himself when he becomes the school's sex therapist for teens.
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Not long after that, Hulu announced PEN15, the saga series of two 13-year old girls exploring their womanhood, dating, boys, and even more than all of the above. For any teens embarrassed about kissing practice with various objects, this show gets you. Similarly open about the experience of teen sexuality, the show debuted February 8th.
5 THE TOYS THAT MADE US VS. TINY SHOULDERS: RETHINKING BARBIE
Hulu's Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie explores the history of Barbie, how the brand has evolved, and the current re-brand Mattel is doing to change Barbie from the perfect girl to every girl. As a movie, it deals with culture, societal ideals, and how those are changing Barbie.
While Netflix didn't do something entirely Barbie-centric, their series The Toys That Made Us is basically mini-versions of that. Each episode, the writers and creators explore the history, impact, and current standing of a different toy brand. This can mean GI Joe, Transformers, and, of course, Barbie.
4 THE DEFENDERS VS. RUNAWAYS
Netflix has it's whole New York Marvel heroes line-up, from Daredevil to Jessica Jones to Like Cage. These heroes eventually culminate into The Defenders, a group of street-wise supers that want to protect New York. While the sets of shows had great success, they've recently almost all been canceled.
In the wake of Netflix's superhero downfall, Hulu will really get to shine. Their own Marvel team-up show, Runaways, follows six kids who not only find out they have superpowers, but also that their parents are evil. It's a lot. Targeting not only superhero fans but teen drama lovers, Hulu easily has a hit on their hands.
3 SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT VS. THE BISEXUAL
Hulu's The Bisexual examines a woman after a hard break up from her girlfriend, exploring who she is and how to navigate the hard place she's in. After all, not only does she still have to see her girlfriend every day at work, but she's also been seeing men as well as women. As a six-part drama/comedy, the show has a fresh, honest take on what it means to be bisexual.
During the latter end of 2017, Netflix decided to have a similar exploration into one character's journey with her sexuality: She's Gotta Have It. The story follows Nola Darling, an unapologetic artist who enjoys the company of many people, all of whom she cares a lot about. However, she's in no rush to settle down or "choose" any of them, happy to live and love freely.
2 MESSIAH VS. THE PATH
In 2019, Netflix will release a drama called Messiah, about a man who appears in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah. It's unclear if they intend him to actually be the Messiah or not, but it will explore faith around the world in a new age. After all, the Bible tells miraculous stories from ages long ago, but will people believe when it's right in front of them?
On a different version of religion, The Path is a series about a family in deep with Meyerism, a cult based on a lot of real-world cults/extreme religions. While most of the family believes, the father is starting to question his faith and the story follows what happens after that.
1 THE DARK TOURIST VS. UP TO SPEED
Up To Speed is a Hulu show where a quirky, knowledgeable New York tour guide named Timothy "Speed" Levitch shows viewers lesser known memories and monuments of America. Full of whimsy and magic, the series finds the beauty and wonder in the forgotten.
Netflix has its own, darker version of the quirky travel adventures. In The Dark Tourist, David Farrier travels around the world to find the unnerving and bizarre. For example, in the first episode, he meets with a former hitman and takes part in a fake illegal crossing of the Mexico-American border.
Quahog is a diverse city, and the creative mind of Seth MacFarlane has filled it with a wide array of characters. Most are wild and wacky, making the few normal people stand out as the “weirdos” of the city. Do you fancy yourself more of a Peter or a Lois? And who does Brian most relate to? Let's take a look inside the cooky minds of Quahog's finest. Here are the Myers-Briggs® personality types of Family Guy characters.
10 Mort Goldman - ISFJ
Mort's defining characteristics are stereotypically Jewish. The show plays on his whiny neuroticism, his chronic hypochondria, his wimpy attitude, and his general gawkiness. Mort has terrible social skills, frequently discussing his various maladies and childhood bullying in otherwise polite conversation.
ISFJs have trouble separating personal and impersonal situations–any situation is still an interaction between two people, after all–and any negativity from conflict or criticism can carry over from their professional to their personal lives, and back again.
9 Joe Swanson - ESTJ
Joe is a macho paraplegic police officer in the Quahog Police Department who is at many times subject to intense anger problems. Seeing things to completion borders on an ethical obligation for ESTJs. Joe still proves to be an extremely skilled police officer, as he is constantly seen pursuing criminals or rescuing victims with the aid of his wheelchair. He even goes so far as to abandon his wheelchair to complete his work.
8 Glenn Quagmire - ENFP
If Quagmire could be summed up in just one word, it would be "pervert." However, his Myers-Briggs® personality type places him as an ENFP. The ENFP personality is a true free spirit.
They are also charming, independent, energetic, and compassionate. At the same time, he is shown on a number of occasions to be unnecessarily competitive, most notably while playing friendly games of baseball, bowling, and golf.
7 Cleveland Brown - ISTJ
Ah, Cleveland; Peter's mild-mannered friend who formerly owned and ran a deli. He also used to be an accomplished auctioneer but was struck in the head by a totem pole, which resulted in his speech being permanently slowed. He is Peter's heavyset, mustached pal who is very polite to everyone and has a unique laugh. Integrity is the heart of the ISTJ personality type, after all. Emotional manipulation, mind games, and reassuring lies all run counter to ISTJs’ preference for managing the reality of the situations they encounter with plain and simple honesty.
6 Chris Griffin - ISFJ
Chris is a friendly, warm-hearted, and funny teenager who is a younger version of Peter physically, but intellectually, he shows better potential. This is demonstrated from moments of coherence and articulation within his speech, especially when talking about films and TV series. Despite this, he is very naive, often showing a tendency to be easily fooled.
New challenges can be particularly hard to address since ISFJ personalities value traditions and history highly in their decisions. A situation sometimes needs to reach a breaking point before ISFJs are persuaded by circumstance, or the strong personality of a loved one, to alter course.
5 Brian Griffin - ENTJ
Brian is is the family's anthropomorphic talking white Labrador Retriever and the best friend of both Stewie and Peter. He is portrayed as an intellectual—despite failing out of college twice—who often serves as the family's voice of reason, pointing out how ridiculous Peter's ideas are. He is not-so-secretly in love with Lois and is an unsuccessful, unemployed writer. Sometimes all this confidence and willpower can go too far, and ENTJs are all too capable of digging in their heels, trying to win every single debate and pushing their vision, and theirs alone.
4 Meg Griffin - ISFJ
Meg is a self-conscious, insecure, and sensitive teenager who is more often than not ridiculed and ignored by the people around her. Meg just wants to be another face in the crowd by fitting in with her peers and being accepted, but she often finds herself to be a victim of circumstance.
She has had several love interests over the course of the series, including Brian Griffin, Mayor Adam West, Tom Tucker, Glenn Quagmire, and Joe Swanson. As their relationships do progress, ISFJs often continue to struggle with emotional expression, but they have the opportunity to let physical affection stand in for their loving words.
3 Lois Griffin - ISTJ
Though initially appearing to be a typical doting housewife and ideal mother, Lois has many dark aspects to her and in some cases be worse than her husband, except without the excuse of intellectual developmental delay. She has made it clear several times that she never wanted to be a mother. However, their defining characteristics of integrity, practical logic, and tireless dedication to duty make ISTJs a vital core to many families.
2 Peter Griffin - ENFP
For most of the series, Peter is shown as an obese, unintelligent, lazy, outspoken, immature, and eccentric alcoholic. His mental shortcomings have resulted in various accidents to other people; most notably the death of his step-father Francis Griffin, and injuries on multiple occasions to his wife Lois. His attention span is also incredibly short, likely signaling ADHD.
When it comes to conceiving ideas and starting projects, especially involving other people, ENFPs have exceptional talent. Unfortunately, their skill with upkeep, administration, and follow-through on those projects struggles.
1 Stewie Griffin - ENTP
Stewie is a child genius who frequently aspired to murder his mother Lois and take over the world but has since mellowed out considerably. Stewie's mastery of physics, mechanical engineering, and firearms are at a level of science fiction. He has constructed advanced fighter-jets, a mind control device, a weather control system, robots, a time machine, a shrinking pod, a teleportation device, and more.
Stewie employs these to deal with the stressors of infant life such as teething pain, and his hatred of broccoli, or to kill his mother. ENTPs have tremendously flexible minds and are able to shift from idea to idea without effort, drawing on their accumulated knowledge to prove their points, or their opponents’ points, as they see fit.
With the middling opinion surrounding Fallout 76 and the wide array of bugs plaguing the MMO, it’s clear that Fallout 4 is the best Fallout experience made for the current generation of video game hardware. Unlike many of the previous games in the long-running franchise, Fallout 4 places a heavy emphasis on combat and a player can expect to face all manner of wasteland denizens.
Many of these foes can hit just as hard as some of the strongest weapons in the game, so it’s important to equip the sole survivor with the best armor for any given situation. These are the 10 best armor sets that a player can use to defend themselves from the scourges of the wasteland.
10 Army Fatigues And A Fedora
Once a player joins and completes a few quests for the secretive Railroad organization, they unlock the ability to boost the defensive stats of some clothing items. As outfits, jumpsuits, and other fashion statuses are worn under more conventional armor in Fallout 4, this essentially lets a player wear two sets of armor at once.
The best clothing items to boost with the ballistic weave ability are the army fatigues and a fedora, as the items enhance a player’s strength, agility, and luck by one point each. By wearing enhanced army fatigues and a fedora under more conventional armor, a player will essentially become a walking tank up until they reach Fallout 4’s late-game challenges.
9 Combat Armor
The combat armor set is one of the best standard sets of armor in the game and will serve as adequate protection for the player for the bulk of their adventure. This armor provides balanced protection from both standard damage and energy based damage, is also extremely customizable with a wide variety of modifications.
Additionally, it’s pretty easy for a player to get a full set of combat armor, as enemies that belong to The Gunners mercenary organization have an affinity for this form of protection. This armor is by no means the best in any given situation, but its versatility and well-rounded stats make it ideal for when a player just wants to explore and take on challenges as they come.
8 Synth Armor
Synth armor is rather similar to combat armor, but with an increased focus on energy defense and a much gaudier appearance. It can also be a bit more difficult to find a full set of synth armor than combat armor. Synth armor generally only appears on synth soldiers, which become increasingly rare if a player decides to destroy the institute.
Ironically, this armor is ideal for taking on synth type enemies, as the increased energy resistance counters their use of laser weapons. While it may be some of the silliest looking armor in the game, synth armor definitely has its advantages and is very useful against robotic enemies.
7 Marine Armor
The marine armor set is one of the strongest normal armor sets in the game, and only available to players who downloaded the Far Harbor DLC. While this armor set is rather heavy, it boasts almost unrivaled defenses, especially if a player takes the time to upgrade the set to the assault marine armor variant.
With these high stats comes rarity, but a full set of marine armor will spawn in the DLC’s island if a player solves additional puzzles inside of DiMA’s memory. These additional puzzles can be pretty tedious but are well worth it when the reward is some of the best armor in the entirety of Fallout 4.
6 Destroyer’s Armor
The destroyer’s armor is a unique set of combat armor with some particularly useful bonus effects. Not only does the armor decrease damage from human enemies by 10 percent, but it also increases a character’s speed, blocking effectiveness, and raises sole survivor's charisma and intelligence by one point each.
Uniquely, the various parts that make up this armor cannot be found on defeated enemies, and instead, a player needs to buy the various components from merchants found across the wasteland. Beyond being useful in battles against humans, this armor is a kind of reward to players who explore Fallout 4’s world and go out of their way to interact with NPCs in various settlements.
5 Grognak Costume
The Grognak costume is a goofier piece of armor in Fallout 4, but extremely useful when playing characters in a specific way. Based on a popular comic book character in the Fallout series, the Grognak costume boosts a character’s strength stat by two points and increases the damage they inflict with melee weapons by 20 percent.
This makes the Grognak costume a must have for character builds that focus on dealing damage with melee weapons. Moreover, some pieces of armor can be worn over the costume, which mitigates the costume’s weak defense. Although, adding too much armor might take away from that sweet barbarian look.
4 T-60 Power Armor
The iconic T-60 power armor is so good in Fallout 4 that they put it on the box the game came in! Even if it isn’t the strongest power armor in the game, the T-60 power armor has some incredible defensive stats and is much easier to find. Additionally, the T-60 power armor is much easier to repair than its bulkier counterpart and also the most customizable power armor sets in the game.
While walking around in T-60 power armor can burn through fusion cores pretty quickly, it is one of the best things to wear when challenging bosses or large hordes of enemies.
3 Silver Shroud Costume
The Silver Shroud costume is easily one of the most fun outfits in the game. Dawning the attire of the Silver Shroud will grant the sole survivor some unique dialogue options and even have certain NPCs interact with them differently. This costume is also upgradable and has some of the best damage and energy resistance in the game when it comes to regular outfits.
The Silver Shroud missions are some of the most fun activities in Fallout 4, and wearing the costume literally adds a greater variety of dialogue options. This is one of the best armor sets in the game because it shows that the Fallout universe can be as fun and goofy as it is dark and dreary.
2 Freefall Legs
The freefall legs are a weird armor set in Fallout 4, in that the only consist of leg armor. However, the set makes up for its limited coverage by having one of the best effects in the entire game. Wearing the freefall legs completely negates any and all fall damage that a player would otherwise suffer when jumping from high places.
This makes exploring the wasteland a lot more fun and convenient, as a player can now completely ignore a major environmental hazard. To find these legs a player needs to go to the Mass Fusion building while wearing power armor with a jetpack, and this armor set is well worth the trip.
1 X-01 Power Armor
X-01 power armor is a rare and experimental kind of power armor that provides nothing short of the best defenses in Fallout 4. On top of nullifying radiation damage, this armor also greatly reduces physical damage and lessens energy damage. The X-01 power armor is also extremely customizable, and a player can modify it to boost their base states, reduce action point consumption, automatically heal the player, and a host of other effects.
The only downside to this armor set is that it requires more resources to repair than any other armor in the game, and that it’s impossible to obtain until the player advances to the middle of the game. Even with this scarcity, it’s still far and away the best defense against the wasteland's many threats.
James Cameron revealed Chris Evans and Channing Tatum both came close to being cast as Jake Sully in Avatar. Avatar was a literal dream project for Cameron, with the original concept coming to the director from a dream he had about a luminescent forest. He wrote the first treatment for it in 1995 but sat on the project for a decade to let technology catch up with his vision of photorealistic CGI characters. While early trailers and photos had some predicting Avatar would be Cameron’s first big flop, the movie would eventually become the highest grossing movie of all time.
Cameron developed Avatar almost side by side with another pet project, a live-action adaptation of manga Alita: Battle Angel. He was originally planning to jump from Avatar right into production on Alita, but the success of Avatar led him to other side projects, and eventually into development on four Avatar sequels. Cameron is currently deep in production on Avatar 2 & 3, with a green light for the final two installments dependent on their financial performance. The director recently wrapped the performance capture side of the sequels, and filming on the live-action parts will commence soon.
Sam Worthington will return as Jake Sully for the Avatar sequels, which will apparently take the character to some dark places. During an interview with Empire, Cameron revealed Worthington was one of three actors who made it to the final part of the casting process for Jake, with the other two being Chris Evans and Channing Tatum. Cameron said:
Chris Evans, and Sam, and Channing Tatum. That was my choice. I really liked Channing’s appeal. I liked Chris’ appeal. They were both great guys. But Sam had a quality of voice and a quality of intensity. Everybody did about the same on all the material through the script, except for the final speech where he stands up and says, ‘This is our land, ride now, go as fast as the wind can carry you.’ That whole thing. I would have followed him into battle. And I wouldn’t have followed the other guys. They’ve since gone onto fantastic careers and all that, but Sam was ready. He was ready.
It’s interesting to picture an alternate version of Avatar with either Evans or Tatum in the lead role. In the end, both actors are younger than Worthington, so Cameron likely felt Worthington had a little more gravitas in the part. It definitely worked out in the end, since both Evans and Tatum have gone on to highly successful careers. Given Evans initial reluctance to sign on for multiple Captain America films, he likely would have turned that part down had he been cast in Avatar, since it too was conceived as the start of a franchise.
Aside from the Avatar sequels, Cameron is also set to return as producer on Tim Miller’s Terminator 6. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are also coming back for the sequel, which Cameron pictures as the start of a potential new trilogy. Recent comments suggest Cameron’s also trying to convince Neill Blomkamp to resurrect his idea for Alien 5, with him acting as producer.