Netflix’s Marvel series returns home. Social media was abuzz this morning over a notification added to the six Defenders the universe shows that they would only be available on Netflix until March 1st.
Sources confirm to Deadline that Netflix’s license for Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Iron Fist and The defenders the team-based limited series ends and rights to the shows revert to Disney. The company is keeping quiet about its distribution plans for the series sequel; they are expected to announce the new streaming home of the shows soon.
Made by Disney for Netflix in another era of the streaming era under a different regime on now-defunct Marvel TV, the series aren’t a slam-dunk for the Disney+ flagship due to mature content, especially in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Still, Disney+ seems like the best fit, being the designated Marvel streaming home and the platform’s recent Marvel series. Hawk Eye even featured a villain from the Defenders universe, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, as Disney’s post-cancellation ban on use of the characters had expired.
The more adult-focused Hulu, which is controlled by Disney, has two original Marvel series (MODOK, Hit-Monkey) – both adult animation and both sold by Marvel TV prior to its disbandment. New Marvel content from the Kevin Feige-led studio was not expected to make its way to Hulu, with the company’s TV pipeline going straight to Disney+ where Marvel is one of the flagship brands with its own section. It’s unclear if any of the Netflix series would undergo a change or add content warnings if they were to go to Disney+.
There’s also speculation that Disney might consider expanding the type of content on Disney+ beyond family pricing in order to maintain subscriber growth. Netflix transplants would fit into such a strategy.
In addition to Disney taking over control of existing episodes of the Defenders series, Feige indicated that it was possible to relaunch/restart some of the shows, including daredevil, whose star Charlie Cox recently made his MCU debut in Spider-Man: No Coming Home.