One of the biggest things to happen in the MCU last year was the reintroduction of two massive Marvel characters: Charlie Cox's Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin. One came back into the fray thanks to Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the other in Disney+'s Hawkeye. Both garnered massive fan reception, with nearly everyone excited to see the two back in action.
But what of the other members of the former Netflix roster? While actors such as Kyrsten Ritter and Jonathan Bernthal have commented on wanting to come back to their respective heroes, there haven't been any clear signs of such a thing occurring.
Recently, however, it was reported how viewers noticed new warnings at the end of the various Marvel Netflix shows stating that the shows were going to leave the service at the end of the month.
What Time Will Marvel's Shows Leave Netflix?
Entertainment Weekly has reported that what fans have previously noticed is correct: all of Marvel's former Netflix shows will be leaving the service on March 1 at exactly midnight PST.
This roster of series includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher.
While no further information was given, all the series will presumably transition over to Disney+ or Hulu, though no dates were given. However, given the violence in some of them, there could be a slight hitch in making them available on the family-friendly-oriented service.
The Defenders Join Marvel's Arsenal
While a likely coincidence, the shifting of these shows comes right after Daredevil once again breached the top ten watched television shows according to Nielson ratings—three years after it was canceled.
With the shows leaving Netflix, there's one question on everyone's mind: does this mean they might be canon to Marvel Studios' universe?
As much as fans may want to think there's a clear answer to the canon of these shows and their characters, there simply isn't one. Not yet, at least. But with this, on top of the recent inclusion of Charlie Cox's Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofio's Kingpin, Marvel Studios is going to have to stop beating around the bush eventually and provide a clear answer.
One of the key arguments for the previous Netflix content being non-canon was how bringing their stories into MCU projects would theoretically bring new viewership to a rival streaming service. With these projects no longer living there, this point of contention would no longer exist.
But then there's the fact that not all of the stories told on the platform, or actors cast, garnered the same critical love and praise that both Cox and D'Onofrio did. As a result, Marvel is very likely to continue cherry-picking what exactly they want to bring into the fold.
While fans wait for more answers regarding canonicity, they can at least enjoy all of these previous shows in the same spot—eventually. With all the news breaking about their impending exit from Netflix, a premiere date on Disney+ is undoubtedly right around the corner.