Which Marvel Shows Are Leaving Netflix and Why
After a decade, Marvel pulls out its beloved Netflix Original shows. Here’s why.
It’s official—after almost 10 years, Netflix’s collaboration with Marvel is finally coming to an end.
Marvel’s Originals for Netflix will be leaving the streaming service on March 1st, 2022, which applies to all subscribers worldwide.
So, which Marvel shows are leaving Netflix and why? Find out below.
Marvel’s Netflix Originals Shows Are Leaving Netflix
Netflix will no longer carry Marvel’s Originals shows for the service. The news was confirmed by What’s on Netflix, which stated:
Earth-shattering news for Marvel fans today with the news that all of The Defenders series are confirmed to be leaving Netflix on March 1st, 2022 around the globe. As of February 11th, 2022 every single season of Netflix’s Defenders franchise is showing removal notices in select circumstances. The removal notices only appear to show when you first watch a show on a profile.
The Marvel titles that are scheduled to leave Netflix on March 1st, 2022 include:
- Daredevil (Seasons 1-3)
- Jessica Jones (Seasons 1-3)
- Luke Cage (Seasons 1-2)
- Iron Fist (Seasons 1-2)
- The Defenders (Limited Series)
- The Punisher (Seasons 1-2)
Why Marvel’s Netflix Originals Shows Are Leaving Netflix
Although neither Disney nor Netflix have made an official statement revealing the reason for this news, it seems that Disney is keeping a promise it previously made on an earnings call back in 2018.
According to Fierce Video, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Disney would be pulling back all of the content it had distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.
As explained by Iger:
We are fully committed to not only bringing the product to market and making it a long-term success. It has to be the destination for all Disney stuff, and that means ultimately weaning ourselves of our product being available any other place except for our linear channels.
In simpler terms, Iger was saying that Disney would be pulling back from licensing its content to other platforms. With this, Marvel’s Netflix Originals shows are leaving Netflix because of licensing issues.
By February 2019, all shows from Marvel’s partnership with Netflix were canceled, with Jessica Jones season 3 being the last title to exit the service in June 2019.
What Will Happen to Marvel’s Netflix Originals Shows?
Due to the fact that Disney no longer wants to license its shows to third-party platforms, like Netflix, it will keep its content exclusive to its own services.
In addition, Disney has already started using some characters from its Netflix Originals shows in its other properties. For instance, Matthew Murdock from the show Daredevil briefly appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home, as did Kingpin in Disney+’s Hawkeye.
If this is anything to go by, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more characters from the Netflix’s Marvel shows showing up on more of Disney’s properties in the future. And if Netflix can work out a deal with Disney, we could even see the Marvel Originals shows returning to the platform after the dust has settled.
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