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On Friday, Netflix updated several Marvel Television series with a warning that they would be leaving the service after February 28th. The series, which have been consistently on the service since 2015, include the shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
The Netflix-original series in particular were fan favorites and critically-acclaimed, with Daredevil and Jessica Jones lasting three seasons each, and the franchise overall totaling 161 hour-long episodes over 13 seasons. However, each series was canceled by 2019, likely due to Disney launching their own streaming service that year, shifting their focus to smaller miniseries produced in-house at Marvel Studios like WandaVision and Loki. According to a report by Deadline Hollywood, there was a contractual ban on Disney using the series or their characters after they were canceled, but that the rights have now reverted to the company. It is unclear where the series will go after they leave Netflix.
My personal opinion is that these shows are great. I’ve only made it up through the first season of Luke Cage and a few episodes of Iron Fist, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. I hope to at least watch The Defenders before the shows leave the service, and hope they come to a new service soon.
It is very unlikely the shows will be abandoned, as two characters from Daredevil recently appeared in Marvel Studios productions; Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin in the Disney+ series Hawkeye, and Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock in Spider-Man: No Way Home, both of which were in December 2021. I highly doubt they would reintroduce these characters, then immediately remove their own shows forever. However, their TV-MA rating means they probably won’t come to Disney+, but instead Hulu, where most mature media owned by Disney tends to go. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., being TV-14, will likely go to Disney+, however.
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