Netflix is finally explaining why they didn’t pick up Agent Carter.
When ABC axed the series after two seasons in May, fans held their breath hoping the streaming company would swoop in and add Carter to its mounting collection of Marvel titles, such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Instead, Carter became Marvel’s first canceled title in this modern era.
We asked Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos what about the series did not work for his company.
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own,” he says, “and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] — so that was mostly why.”
Netflix also tries to own and distribute its titles worldwide, releasing seasons globally and simultaneously, and the structure of Marvel’s existing international deals for Agent Carter made that tricky. “They also have some output deal complexities,” he adds. “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.”