Marvel Shows To Leave Netflix On March 1
by Erik Amaya
Netflix is about to experience its own version of the Blip.
Nerdist reports the six television series the platform produced with ABC Studios and the now-defunct TV division of Marvel Entertainment will leave the service on March 1st. The programs include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. The site notes their imminent departure is only flagged in the “content advisory” overlay one sees when starting an episode.
Neither Netflix nor Disney has commented on the matter, but Deadline subsequently confirmed the rights to shows will revert to Disney at the end of the month. As it happens, a handful of key Marvel characters from the Netflix shows resurfaced in 2021, with Daredevil‘s Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio reprising their roles as Matt Murdoch and Wilson Fisk, respectively, in Spider-Man: No Way and Hawkeye. The timing of their appearances aligned with a previously reported clause in the Marvel Television/Netflix contract indicating the characters would be available again for Disney use two years after the cancellation of each individual series.
What was not known at the time was the longevity of the extant seasons on Netflix. Indeed, the partnership seemed to break down because of Disney’s plan to enter the streaming market and the eventual decision to move all Marvel’s live action endeavors to Marvel Studios. But the exact nature of Netflix continued use of the programs remained a mystery until today. As it happens, Cox’s No Way Home cameo caused an influx of new viewers to Daredevil. At the moment, though, it is unclear if the shows will migrate to Disney+ or, because of their slightly more mature nature, end up on Hulu.
In the interim, though, it’s fun to speculate if this means the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closer to introducing Luke Cage (Mike Colter) or some of the other characters. Cox recently suggested his No Way Home appearance was only the beginning and we’ve long suspected he might end up trying a case in She-Hulk, due out later this year on Disney+. But beyond the characters is their stories from those shows — none of which exactly ended. Will Luke still be running Harlem’s Paradise when we finally see him again? Or, for that matter, will any of Iron Fist transfer to the MCU? The questions are almost as fun as the shows themselves.