Netflix’s Marvel Series Were Gritty, But Far From Perfect Story

The Netflix Marvel shows are leaving Netflix on March 1, since their rights have reverted to Disney. The speculation is that they will end up on Disney+, though that still hasn’t been confirmed.

I blinked at the news, and not only because those shows can no longer be called the Netflix Marvel shows. The interconnected Netflix series only ended in 2019.

But they already feel like a superhero moment from an alternate timeline, quaintly irrelevant to where the MCU and mainstream superheroes have gone and are going. To reconsider them now is to be forcibly reminded of a street-level gritty alleyway not traveled—for better and worse.

The Netflix series—Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher—were released in 2015 as a deliberate alternative to the cosmic goings-on in cinemas. 

The first season of Daredevil was in part about dealing with the real estate fall-out of the alternate dimension invasion shown in The Avengers (2012). 

The heroes fought low-tech gangs and ninjas. Supercostumes were ignored, except as occasional in-jokes. And though in theory the series was set in the MCU, creative differences and logistical issues meant that—in contrast to the Disney+ Marvel shows—big-name stars from the big screens never appeared.