From Daredevil to Luke Cage: Marvel series depart Netflix
Marvel’s Netflix series are getting ready to bid farewell, with the superhero quartet of The Defenders departing this month.
The Defenders was a crossover series that brought together four of Hell Kitchen’s heroes, each of whom had their own solo outings: Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox, Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, and Iron Fist, played by Finn Jones. The run of series was successful enough to also spark a spin-off solo outing for The Punisher (Jon Bernthal).
With Disney launching its own subscription streaming service, however, Marvel’s relationship with Netflix came grinding to a halt, with each of the superhero shows cancelled one by one, ahead of Jessica Jones’ third season debuting in 2019.
In an official announcement, Marvel TV hinted cryptically that it might not be a permanent goodbye, saying: “Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that. As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.’ To be continued…!”
Since then, cameos in Marvel properties have given some of the Defenders cast a chance to reprise their roles, which suggests that Marvel will continue to fold the Netflix stars into the MCU as and when it suits. For now, though, it’s a farewell from our screens to the Hell’s Kitchen quintet, with Netflix UK displaying a warning to subscribers that The Defenders, Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage will all be removed on 28th February.
That means you can expect them to appear on Disney+ in the near future – although, of course, there’s been no official confirmation of that yet. In the meantime, for those who don’t have Disney+, you have approximately 14 days to catch up with 13 seasons and 161 episodes.