Netflix’s Original Marvel Series Are Coming To An Unexpected Streaming Service

By Erika Hanson | 3 months ago

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Many Marvel enthusiasts’ hearts were crushed just two short weeks ago when Netflix made the announcement that all six of its hit series that make up The Defenders franchise would be leaving the streaming service at the end of February. A blow to fans, it seemed likely at the time that we wouldn’t get a chance to rewatch the beloved series again for quite a while. However, it looks like the fan-favorite Netflix series might become streamable again very soon, as an e-mail making its viral rounds shared via @Shaybaz of The Movie Podcast reveals the show may be heading to Disney+ on March 16th.

See the original Tweet below:

Sharing the news early on February 23rd, it’s important to note that the e-mail looks to only have been shared with Canadian outlets, so the March 16th Disney+ launch date, if confirmed, won’t necessarily hold true to Disney+ US. Still, this is great news for fans wishing to dive back into the six Netflix series, or those just looking to start them. Previously, it looked like the shows might end up in litigation limbo for an extended amount of time, much like other Marvel copyrights have done in the past.

Netflix’s jaunt into Marvel lore began in 2015 when the streaming behemoth launched Marvel’s Daredevil. Starring Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, the series was a huge success for Netflix. As a more gritty series than its MCU counterparts, the three seasons won over the hearts of Marvel fans with its electric fight scenes and captivating plotlines. 

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Four years later, Netflix released another slew of Marvel material. Jessica Jones debuted and brought the streamer immense success. Starring Krysten Ritter as the titular vigilante, the neo-noir crime series received acclaim for the actress’s vulgar portrayal of the hero that covered darker topics than other superhero genres had before. Similarly, David Tennants casting as the first season’s antagonist is believed by many to have launched the series success. 

Following both Daredevil and Jessica Jone’s initial series success, Nextlif ordered Luce Cage, a spinoff series for Mike Colter-the actor that first portrayed the superhero in Jessica Jones. While successful among viewers, the series was canceled after its second season, citing creative differences between Netflix and the series’ writers. Iron Fist followed next, as Finn Jones starred as the martial arts superhero with the ability to call upon a mystical power. Overall, the Marvel series was considered a flop before being canceled after two seasons.

Building up a focus around the four Marvel series, Netflix looked to take a piece of the pie from The Avengers table, forming their own group of superheroes via The Defenders. The 2017 show brought together Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist. As promising as the series seemed, Netflix was losing the battle against Disney and the MCU, and the eight episodic series suffered extremely low ratings that ultimately was one cause of its cancellation. The last stint in Netflix’s Marvel dive came with The Punisher. Starring The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, The Punisher was similarly canceled after two seasons. 

As questions around these characters remain at the forefront of comic genre news, fans are also wondering if the stars of the Netflix franchise will land a new role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The chances are high, given we have already seen two Daredevil stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox in recent MCU material. As we await more news on the impending release of the beloved Marvel series from Netflix, fans still have a chance to stream the series on Netflix before they leave on March 1st.