Marvel’s Agent Carter, which lasted two seasons before ABC cancelled it earlier this year, had a chance of being picked up by Netflix, but the streaming giant ultimately passed.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos was asked why Agent Carter wasn’t picked up for a third season and Sarandos explained that it all had to do with their pre-existing deals with Marvel. “We’re looking for truly original brands to own and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.”
He went onto add:
“They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
Netflix already has Daredevil and Jessica Jones currently available for streaming, and Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on the way, so their plate is already pretty full when it comes to Marvel content. Still, it would be a shame if Agent Carter’s story were to end here. Perhaps Marvel could get Amazon Prime on the horn?