Every Marvel Defenders Series Leaving Netflix This Month, Including ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’
All good things must come to an end. And unfortunately, fans only have a little more time to watch Daredevil and the other Marvel Defenders shows on Netflix. The series will soon leave the streaming service, and their future is largely unknown.
Netflix canceled ‘Daredevil’ and all of the Marvel Defenders shows
In late 2018 and early 2019, Netflix went on a killing spree and canceled all of its Marvel shows. This included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher, which were all technically set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Fans were stunned at the news because most of those series seemed to do well on the streaming service. Daredevil, in particular, was a massive hit for Netflix. So what went wrong?
In a world where streaming continues to dominate, Disney decided to launch their own streaming service. And in 2019, the company made Disney+ available to the public. Since Disney owns Marvel, it stands to reason that they didn’t want Netflix to be the home for their property. And the media conglomerate was creating MCU shows for Disney+. So, Netflix was forced to cancel Daredevil and the other Defenders shows.
‘Daredevil’ and the other Marvel series are leaving Netflix
Per Entertainment Weekly, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders are leaving Netflix at the end of February 2022.
Toward the beginning of February, fans began to notice tags at the beginning of episodes that read, “This show is available until March 1st.” Netflix never released a statement saying that their Marvel shows were leaving their platform, but Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news.
After February, Disney will officially own the rights to the Marvel Defenders shows because of Netflix’s expired license. It’s unclear if Hulu, which Disney owns, or Disney+ will be the next home for the series. But Daredevil and the other shows will likely move to one of the two streaming services after leaving Netflix.
What does the future hold for the Marvel Defenders characters?
After Netflix canceled Daredevil and the rest of their Marvel shows, the future seemed very bleak for this corner of the MCU. But fans have never given up the fight to see these characters again. And they finally got their wish in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye.
Charlie Cox reprised his role as Matt Murdock in one scene in the third Spider-Man film. And Vincent D’Onofrio reprised his role as Wilson Fisk in a couple of Hawkeye episodes on Disney+.
Marvel announced that Cox would continue to play the lawyer/vigilante in the MCU. However, they didn’t disclose any other details. And it’s unclear who else from the Marvel Defenders shows will pop up again in the MCU. But we wouldn’t be surprised if more characters appear in future projects or if Disney decides to revive some of the series.
Fans have until March 1 to watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders on Netflix.