Whether we agree with Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola’s opinions regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the superhero flicks it creates or not, the films and shows have undeniably had a massive pop-cultural impact, becoming a phenomenon in its own right.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe reminds us of unexpected Stan Lee cameos (may his soul rest in action and more superhero stuff), heroes fighting villains, saving the day and more. Till 2022, a lot of Marvel shows have been streaming on Netflix, including the likes of Daredevil, The Punisher and others.
However, with the arrival of Disney+ and their aggressive foray into the streaming service market, it seems like all the Marvel content will be restricted exclusively to the platform. While these shows have enjoyed success on Netflix, garnering quite a massive fan following. However, with Disney’s growing rivalry with Netflix, the imminent departure of these shows seems more or less permanent. So, make sure to check them out before they leave the streamer.
Here is the complete list of Marvel shows that are leaving Netflix on March 1st 2022:
A full list of Marvel shows leaving Netflix in March 2022
Daredevil (Steven S. Knight, Drew Goddard)
Costumed vigilante Matt Murdock, aka “the man in black”, loses his eyesight as a young boy to a tragic radioactive accident and uses his heightened senses and reflexes to his advantage. Reeling under the trauma of losing his father to mob violence, this lawyer-by-day and vigilante-by-night fights crimes in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen to deliver justice to those who need it while hiding under his masked identity.
Starring the brilliant Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio as the primary antagonist, Wilson Fisk, the series is filled with violence and action while raising important questions regarding the flailing justice system, corruption, morality and ethics. With overall gloomy darkness pervading the series, the phenomenal finale made it an instant fan-favourite, adding to the omnipresent thrill factor of the show.
The Punisher (Steve Lightfoot)
Frank Castle, also known as the titular Punisher, lusts for revenge against those who obliterated his family. Adopting lethal methods to hunt them down, he chances upon a conspiracy that extends way beyond paltry New York City criminals. He begins his tirade while struggling with trauma, PTSD and other inner demons; this character-driven, slow-burn portrait of vengeance and grief features Jon Bernthal as Castle.
As well-received as Daredevil, the show features a brilliant and intimate portrayal of the Punisher’s grief and suffering as he remains confined within his past memories. As the cold, brutal and unforgiving man, the Punisher is not romanticised, and his flaws are openly shown to the viewers before taking them on a complex psychological horror story, arguably making it one of the best Marvel shows on Netflix. The blood-thirsty vigilante and his enigmatic melancholy make one sympathise with him while being equally terrified of his scheming nature.
Jessica Jones (Melissa Rosenberg)
An extreme exploration of violence, trauma, abuse, alcoholism and PTSD, the show features the titular protagonist who battles various inner demons, including the survivor’s guilt after losing her entire family to a car accident. Starring Krysten Ritter as Jones and the marvellous David Tennant as her notorious abuser, Kilgrave, the show deftly blends the noir genre with psychological horror and trauma with an anti-hero at the centre.
A complex portrait of the various stimuli that trigger Jones’ trauma, the show upholds how manipulative and ruthless Kilgrave is as he inhabits her mind and controls it. While he was absent in the second season and sorely missed by one and all, his looming presence and Ritter’s compelling performance helped deliver a power-packed three-season deal, making it one of Marvel’s most acclaimed TV show franchises.
Iron Fist (Scott Buck)
A billionaire Buddhist monk survives a plane crash that orphans him. Raised by the monks of K’un-Lun, he trains to become the immortal Iron Fist, who gradually manifests the interest to reconnect with his past. Played by Finn Jones, the series, however, was not very well-received like its other contemporaries.
Jones, who was orphaned at a young age, admittedly connected with this character who struggled to find his identity while grappling with loneliness and other emotions. Jones learnt wushu, kung fu, tai chi, meditation, and more to prepare for the role. Due to its snail pace and weak narrative, the first season was received negatively while the second season fared comparatively better.
Luke Cage (Cheo Hodari Coker)
Having first appeared in Jessica Jones, the titular protagonist is a well-built man with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who maintains a low profile after being framed unjustly for murder. However, trouble follows Cage and, exhausted by the upsurge in crime and corruption; he takes it upon himself to serve justice to those who deserve it on the brutal streets of Harlem.
Mike Colter as Luke Cage delivers a power-packed performance. However, Mahershala Ali, as the villainous Coppermouth, is the real showstopper. The second season was better received than the first and also saw the addition of two vicious villains that added to the overall intense premise.
The Defenders (Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, 2017)
Despite the brilliant premise and amazing lineup, The Defenders became a big letdown and will always be overshadowed by their more prominent and entertaining cousin, MCU’s Avengers. Comprising the eponymous team of superheroes who became the defenders of New York, namely the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist, the series saw them teaming up to fight against a common enemy that threatened the peace and sanctity of their city.
The limited series was scrapped after just one season due to its slow pace and lack of narrative progression. It took three episodes to assemble the heroes and even the wonderful bromance between Iron Fist and Luke Cage was not enough to save the show from being axed off.