Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox and Mike Colter star in Netflix’s “The Defenders.”
Netflix’s suite of Marvel-branded TV shows will be coming to Disney+ in the US on March 16.
Last month, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a post on Netflix telling subscribers that “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “The Punisher,” and “The Defenders” would only be available until March 1st.
The shows, released between 2015 and 2019, were made before Disney decided to create its own slate of Marvel titles tied to its cinematic universe. The license for the content from Netflix has ended and the rights have now reverted to Disney.
As part of the contract with Netflix, Disney was unable to use characters from these Marvel shows in its cinematic universe. However, that statute of limitations was recently lifted and Disney brought back actor Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, in the Sony co-production “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” along with Vincent D’Onofrio for reprising his role as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, in the Disney+ series “Hawkeye”.
Disney will also add “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” to the service. This series appeared on Disney’s ABC network.
The company said Tuesday that with the release of these seven shows on Disney+ will come an update to the platform’s existing parental controls. These shows have more violence and sexual content than other Disney-created Marvel programs and movies, and may not be suitable for young children.
These titles will also be available on Disney+ in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on March 16. “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” is already available in these markets. Disney said other markets will have access to these titles later this year.