Before all the Disney+ series such as WandaVision and Loki, there were Netflix’s Marvel series. These consisted of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders.
They made their debut on Netflix, but the rights for the shows are soon reverting to Disney (the corporate owner of Marvel), which means that they will leave the platform in the coming days.
If you’d like to know when they will be leaving Netflix, where they’ll go next and what the shows are about, then keep on reading. We also have a guide to how to watch all the Marvel shows and movies in order.
When do the Marvel Netflix shows leave the platform?
If you’re in the UK, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders will all leave Netflix on 1 March 2022.
US viewers meanwhile have a day less, with all these shows leaving Netflix on 28 February 2022.
If you sign into Netflix to watch the series, these dates will pop up – notifying you that they are leaving soon.
Where will the Marvel Netflix shows go next?
The expected new home for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders is Star on Disney+ in the UK and other international markets, and this now seems to be accurate.
According to the movie podcast Shahbaz, journalists in Canada received a press release confirming that the shows will hit Disney+ on 16 March 2022.
NEWS‼️: #DisneyPlus will be the new home of the Netflix Marvel Shows on March 16th @DisneyPlus @Marvel @DisneyPlusCA pic.twitter.com/sXOFtcBsXY
— Shahbaz – The Movie Podcast (@shayhbaz)
February 23, 2022
So far, Canada is the only country to receive this confirmation. If for some reason the shows don’t come to the UK or other markets on this date, it will be possible to use a VPN to stream them.
In the US, there’s a chance that they may not sit in the American Disney+ library due to their less than family-friendly content, and instead they may be hosted on Hulu.
The shows are not in the list of content hitting platforms in the UK and US, according to Gizmodo. It could be possible that they’ve just been left off the list, or that they may hit the platforms at a later date in the month. If we hear any more updates, these will be reflected in this article.
An account with Disney+ costs £7.99/$7.99 per month, and £79.90/$79.99 per year. Accounts with Hulu start from as little as $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year.
What are the Marvel Netflix shows about?
The Netflix Marvel series have a much darker and grittier tone than the classic MCU properties, and some of them have arguably the best performances of any Marvel show out there (in this author’s opinion, at least).
They aren’t necessarily required viewing for Marvel fans – but Daredevil and Jessica Jones in particular are standout series. Here’s a quick summary of what each show is about:
Daredevil centres around Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), a blind lawyer who also fights secretly as a vigilante called Daredevil. He protects the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, New York, from the tyranny of a criminal mastermind, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio).
Daredevil is the only Netflix show so far to have major connections to several MCU properties, including Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) works as a private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen. She also possesses super strength, but vowed not to use her powers again after the manipulative Kilgrave (David Tennant) coaxed her into an unforgivable act. However, when Kilgrave rises from the shadows again, she must confront her fears, once and for all.
Luke Cage (Mike Colter) gains super strength and unbreakable skin after an experiment went wrong. Cage becomes a fugitive and attempts to rebuild his life in Harlem, but a new threat tests whether he is truly a hero or a villain.
Iron Fist follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), a man who was presumed dead for 15 years. When he returns to New York, he wants to reconnect with his past and family legacy. He must fight against the criminal underworld with his martial arts skills and the power of the Iron Fist.
Frank Castle is a vigilante known for his lethal methods. His quest for revenge soon leads to a criminal conspiracy that spans farther than he had ever imagined.
To better understand The Punisher, you should watch Daredevil first.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all team up with one goal in mind: save New York. Whilst they are all burdened with their own personal struggles, they come to realise that they are strongest as a team.
It makes sense to watch The Defenders after watching all four shows in which the main characters appear.