In November 2013, two of the biggest brands in the entertainment industry came together as Marvel and Netflix announced a new partnership to produce a series of Marvel Netflix shows.
Two years later, in 2015, Netflix’s Marvel universe launched with the debut of Daredevil marking the first of six series set within the same universe which would later include Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher.
Between 2015 and 2019, Marvel and Netflix churned out a total of 13 seasons across the six series before the relationship between the two brands soured leading to the collapse of the Marvel Netflix universe. While the series all came to untimely ends, fans were at least able to relive their favorite Marvel Netflix shows at any time with the series — like all other Netflix Originals — remaining on the service for viewers’ enjoyment.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, the Marvel Netflix shows’ time on Netflix is about to come to an end.
Are the Marvel Netflix shows leaving Netflix?
Shocking as it might be, the Marvel Netflix shows are indeed leaving Netflix in March 2022 which will mark a notable moment in Netflix history. While Netflix has removed a handful of originals over the years, never before has it purged a catalog of Netflix Originals of such high profile.
As first reported by What’s On Netflix, on Feb. 11, 2022, removal notifications began appearing across every season of the Marvel Netflix shows notifying viewers that the series would be leaving Netflix on March 1, 2022.
What Marvel shows are leaving Netflix?
On March 1, 2022, every Marvel Netflix show is set to be removed from Netflix’s catalog which will include Daredevil seasons 1-3, Jessica Jones seasons 1-3, Luke Cage seasons 1-2, Iron Fist seasons 1-2, The Punisher seasons 1-2 as well as The Defenders limited series.
Why are the Marvel shows leaving Netflix?
Although shocking, the removal of the Marvel Netflix shows isn’t actually too surprising as Disney has been very adamant about its desire to reclaim its various properties. While Netflix and Disney have yet to release an official statement, it appears the Marvel shows are leaving Netflix as a result of Disney clawing the rights to the series away from Netflix.
As What’s On Netflix pointed out in their initial report, Disney has been making several conscious efforts to pull back from licensing to other companies. The company previously pulled all Marvel and Disney movies from Netflix following the end of their licensing deal in order to move the titles over to its own streaming service Disney+.
Where will the Marvel Netflix shows stream next?
At this time Marvel Studios and Netflix have not announced where the Marvel Netflix shows will be available to stream following their departure from Netflix’s catalog on March 1. Given Marvel is a Disney brand, it’s most likely the series will be moving either to Hulu or to Disney+ which are currently home to all of the other existing Marvel branded series.