If you are a fan of the various Marvel series based on Netflix such as daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, iron fist, The Punisher and The defenders – the latter having brought together many of these characters – then you may have already read earlier this month that these shows were to leave the streaming platform.
This became clear when viewers noticed messages attached to the above shows when watching them on the aforementioned service, stating that they would stop being available on Netflix on March 1. As for where they would be heading instead, the fact that the rights to the characters involved have started to revert to Disney lately seemed to indicate that these shows were being moved to the Disney+ streaming library.
And of course, Disney+ has now confirmed that will be the case, according to a report from Games Radar – although so far only for viewers in Canada, where all series will be available to watch on the platform from Wednesday, March 16.
As for when these shows might be coming to Disney+ in other territories, we were certainly interested to read a recent report from Marvel news site The Direct, which noted that the official Disney+ Spain mailing list for March didn’t actually show the Netflix-based Marvel offerings so far. This would seem to suggest that the shows won’t become available on Disney+ in all regions during the month of March.
As The Direct points out in its article, a combination of rights issues and variations in content distribution across different territories could explain why Marvel Netflix shows won’t all hit Disney+ at the same time in all regions of the world. But the fact that they at least appear to be confirmed for Disney+ Canada surely indicates that they’ll likely be available in other countries sooner or later – possibly in April or later in 2022.
If you’re a Marvel fan in the US, it might seem like you have more reason than ever to sign up for Disney+ if you haven’t already.
We suggest, however, that you wait for now until official confirmation arrives. After all, as Henry T. Casey pointed out for Tom’s Guide, existing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) shows on Disney+, such as Wanda Vision and the next Moon Knight, all have the same TV-14 age rating. But Netflix’s Marvel shows are all TV-MA.
While Disney+ in Canada and other regions has the Star channel for content that doesn’t fit the traditional “family” Disney image, that’s not the case in the United States. There is, however, Hulu, which is Disney’s other streaming platform that often shows more mature content. American Marvel fans who just can’t wait for an announcement might therefore be best advised to opt for the Disney+ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+, to ensure that all potential bases are covered.