Is Netflix Keeping Its Marvel Shows After Disney’s Streaming Service Drops?

The Defenders in the elevator

It's no secret that the world of television production was forever changed with the inception of streaming service. Netflix started it all, producing content that would be exclusively available for its subscribers. But now things have come full circle, as Disney's recently announced streaming service will be taking quite a bit of valuable content off of Netflix. This includes Marvel movies and Disney features, so many fans were left wondering what would happen to Netflix's Marvel properties like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. All eyes were on both parties to give fans a clear answer, and now it looks like we've got one.

Marvel fans better not plan on unsubscribing to Netflix, because the streaming service's Marvel shows are there to stay. This includes all four members of The Defenders, as well as Jon Bernthal's acclaimed spinoff The Punisher. The confirmation comes to us from Deadline, citing the adult nature of the Marvel shows the reason why they'll be staying on Netflix. While comic book characters certainly have an appeal for younger audiences, Netflix's shows are all decidedly adult, and therefore won't be making their way onto Disney's upcoming streaming platform.

This announcement is sure to be a relief for the hardcore fans of Marvel's superhero shows. Because the various series are on a liberating venue like Netflix, directors and writers are able to make adult choices that wouldn't fly in a PG-13 Marvel blockbuster. This includes Jessica Jones' themes of alcoholism and abuse, Daredevil's brutal battles, The Punisher's trauma and extreme methods. All of these would no doubt be dulled down if the shows were to transfer to Disney's service, so it looks like everyone involved in making the new deal got it right.

It's a good thing that this decision was made now, as Netflix is currently full steam ahead regarding its Marvel content. With both The Defenders and The Punisher in the rear view, the time has come to look toward the highly anticipated new seasons of the original four shows. First up is the second season of Jessica Jones, which will focus on Jessica's childhood trauma and the experiments which granted her super strength. Since the show's first season debuted back in November of 2015, fans have been waiting years for Season 2. Jessica wouldn't be the same without her crass mouth and penchant for brown liquor, so it's great to know that she'll be safe in her home on Netflix.

Additionally, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will all be granted new seasons in the near future. With the heroes now apart of each other's lives, there are tons of opportunities for crossovers, like Danny Rand's upcoming appearance on Luke Cage Season 2. With Netflix keeping control of the heroes, the possibilities are endless.

Jessica Jones will arrive in theaters on March 8th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show go the chop last year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.