Netflix will be losing the Marvel Defenders series of shows from 1 March. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher and Iron Fist will be leaving the platform at the end of the month. Netflix has confirmed to us that the series will be departing Netflix and that the Marvel rights have reverted back to Disney.
When they launched back in 2015, the Netflix Marvel series was said to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Despite the events of 2012’s The Avengers being referenced in some of the shows, there was no reciprocation in the films and none of the characters from the movies appeared in any of the Defenders shows.
By February 2019, all the Netflix Marvel shows were cancelled with Jessica Jones season 3 being the final title to come from the partnership in June 2019.
With Disney now using the characters from the Netflix Marvel shows in its other properties, the news that the Defenders are leaving Netflix shouldn’t come as a surprise. We recently saw Daredevil’s nemesis, Kingpin in the Disney+ show Hawkeye and Daredevil’s alter ego, Matthew Murdock made a cameo appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
There is currently no news as to where the Defenders compilation will end up but as the rights are reverting back to Disney it’ll be up to them to decide where the shows stream next.
Internationally the shows will likely soon appear on Disney+ given that’s currently the home of all things Marvel. In the United States, the shows could either be split between Hulu and Disney+ or exclusive to Hulu given that is where most of Marvel’s older-skewing content has ended up in recent years.
If you haven’t watched these shows yet, you might still have time for a serious binge-watch session as the final day to watch is 28 February.