Marvel and Netflix have successfully brought the less known superheroes in a shared universe on the small screen. The world’s most prominent character-based entertainment company, owned by parent organization Walt Disney, marks a record-breaking box office success of superhero movies in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Now, Marvel expands its reach by launching more comics superheroes on Netflix. It debuted the first-ever Marvel superhero on TV with the release of the Daredevil series that premiered in April 2015.
It did not take long for four more superheroes to make their debut, namely Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Also, in a riveting Marvel TV-verse superhero crossover, the lives of all four superheroes, who are collectively known as The Defenders, intertwined in the expanded MCTV universe.
Fast forward to 2021, the Marvel Netflix series now has a total of 13 seasons. This includes the second outing of The Punisher that can be streamed on Netflix since its official release date on Jan. 18. However, only two more Marvel superhero shows are left standing.
The streaming giant confirmed that Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil have all been canceled. So, it is quite plausible that the Marvel Netflix universe is about to end after the conclusive season of Jessica Jones.
If you plan to binge-watch all of Marvel’s superhero series from the very beginning, you are in for a treat. Netflix is still streaming the full Marvel Netflix universe timeline. Men’s Gear also got you covered with a complete guide on what order you should watch all 13 seasons on Netflix in 2021, as well as overviews, recap, shows’ ratings, and awards.
Netflix Marvel Series Order to Watch
Daredevil, Season 1 (April 2015)
Daredevil is the first-ever Marvel superhero that debuted on Netflix. It can be recalled that 20the Century Fox’s movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner disappointed the fans.
The first season of Marvel’s take, however, did not fail to impress. Upon its release on April 10, 2015, Charlie Cox’s version is dubbed as one of the best superhero series to land on the small screen.
Season 1 has introduced Matthew Murdock, played by Charlie Cox as Daredevil, the man without fear. A lawyer by day, he turns into a masked vigilante at night. He fights crimes and defends the streets of New York City using his mind-blowing abilities, which make him a superhuman.
Orphaned at a young age and without any family to take care of him, he was brought up in an orphanage. He lost his eyesight due to radioactive chemicals in a freak accident. All these setbacks in his childhood years did not hinder him, though, to one day avenge the death of his father who was a boxer.
He became a lawyer in order to help the oppressed get the justice they deserve. Matt Murdock also secretly trained to master hand-to-hand combat. With his fighting skills, he goes after a Russian mob, a Japanese gang, and other notorious groups of criminals lurking in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen.
His best friend and law partner, Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), only knows him as a practicing lawyer. But for the people in his neighborhood, however, Matt Murdock has become the vigilante at night whom they call the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
The first season of Daredevil amazingly stood out from the rest of previously released superhero shows. Its rivals simply tell the backstory or origin of the character. Daredevil, on the other hand, inspires viewers of a handicap who might have lost his sight but is able to use his gift of heightened senses of touch, taste, smell, and hearing to protect the innocent.
His nemesis Wilson Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onorfio, also makes a huge impression to the critics and fans alike. Fisk, otherwise known as Kingpin, is tagged as one of the best-portrayed villains on the small screen in this era. A single episode of the first season entices viewers to binge-watch the entire season.
Daredevil season 1 gets raving reviews online and earns critical acclaim with three Emmy nominations in creative categories, including visual effects. Marvel’s first superhero show on TV receives a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.
Jessica Jones, Season 1 (November 2015)
After the remarkable success of Daredevil, Marvel debuts the second superhero in another Netflix series. The show of the same name as the superhero herself has put the spotlight on Jessica Jones played by Breaking Bad actress, Krysten Ritter.
The first season of Jessica Jones introduces the character who discovered that she has superhuman abilities. She awoke from a car accident that claimed the lives of both her parents and sibling. But after the tragic end to her brief career as a superhero with limited powers, she starts her life over by running her own private investigator agency.
As a drunken private investigator, she looks into cases of people that may potentially have extraordinary abilities in New York City. She suffers from a PTSD, a condition that manifested right after Kilgrave has brainwashed and controlled her. An interesting turn happens as she stumbles upon a case that compels her to revisit her past and unlock her true identity.
Jessica Jones season 1 is a clever and powerful superhero series to hit the small screen. Ritter is adorably brilliant in her titular role, she was nominated for Critics Choice TV Award’s Best Actress in a Drama Series. She is definitely a joy to watch as a witty, sarcastic, kick-ass female superhero.
This Netflix original has also won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. Jessica Jones season 1 receives an impressive 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1/10 score on IMDb.
Daredevil, Season 2 (March 2016)
Picking up the series where it left off in season 1, Daredevil season 2 brings to the small screen an exciting crossover of Daredevil and The Punisher, whose alter ego is Frank Castle. Matt Murdock also gets reunited with her ex-lover Elektra (Élodie Yung) in the second season.
Despite his struggles of living a double life, Matt now learns to embrace his role as a crime-busting superhero after he, as the Daredevil, pounded the organized crime empire to the ground. However, he has yet to encounter his worst nightmare that would put him on his knees.
Daredevil season 2 plot is divided into two notable events. The first half of the season entertains the viewers with action-packed and enthralling episodes focusing on the arrival of The Punisher (John Bernthal). Perhaps fans will agree that they got hooked with season 2 with the first appearance of The Punisher on TV. The second half, meanwhile, dwells on the romance between Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios.
The show has also received mixed reviews from its audience wherein sometimes, it draws criticism from fans. In entirety, however, Daredevil season 2 is still enjoyable to watch.
It may not be as fantastic as the first season, but it is definitely a must-see series. Daredevil season 2 has not come so close to its first season’s ratings with just 80 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5/10 score on IMDb.
Luke Cage, Season 1 (September 2016)
Months after the introduction of Jessica Jones, Marvel pulls up the curtain for another Marvel TV-verse superhero. Enter Luke Cage, who cannot be killed with bullets. The bulletproof hero is also known as Carl Lucas, an ex-cop who has been accused of a murder he did not commit.
Wanting to live in peace, the Power Man keeps his head down while he works at a local barbershop as a hair sweeper. However, no matter how he tries to maintain a low profile, troubles seem to be thrown his way.
Reluctant at first, Luke Cage is forced to get out of his cave to save the lives of people he loves. He now makes use of his power to take on a crime lord and stop the evil that overshadows the streets of Harlem.
The first season of Luke Cage poignantly reflects the real-world scenario. Viewers can relate it to the real, chaotic modern world that is teeming with conflict and a corrupt political system.
The show may not be as great as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but Luke Cage still manages to offer entertainment to the viewers. The biting presence of the supervillain and Luke’s arch enemy, Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali), also makes it a good show to watch. In addition, the series features a superb soundtrack.
Mike Colter fits like a glove in playing the titular character with his smooth voice and athletic body that is as hard as a rock. Other guest stars include Mahershala Ali as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Theo Rossi as Hernan “Shades” Alvarez, Erik LaRay Harvey as Willis Stryker/Diamondback, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, and Alfre Woodard as Mariah Dillard.
Luke Cage season 1 receives a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.8/10 score on IMDb.
Iron Fist, Season 1 (March 2017)
Marvel brings to the fore another superhero in the Marvel Netflix universe. The fourth lead character of The Defenders is Iron Fist, otherwise known as Danny Rand.
First thought to be dead along with his parents who were killed in a plane crash, the 10-year-old Danny has survived the tragic accident. He was raised by the Monks of K’un-Lun for more than a decade. The monks have then forged him to become the Immortal Iron Fist.
After all those years spent in K’un-Lun, he is up and ready to come back to where he came from and revisit his past. Upon his return to the city of New York, he finds out that his family’s fortune now belongs to his dad’s business partner. So, he does everything within his power to take back what is rightfully his.
It is unfortunate that the first season of Iron Fist did not hit the home run. He turns out to be the least adored superhero in The Defenders.
Actor Finn Jones did justice to the superhero character on his first outing. However, the show’s bland script writing and sloppy storyline are to blame for the show’s failure to appeal to the audience.
It appears that fans find it difficult to relate to Iron Fist’s unlikable character. He lacks to display even a tiny bit of character development all throughout the season.
Other cast members include Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Ramón Rodríguez as Bakuto, and Sacha Dhawan as Davos.
Netflix may not like the idea but viewers can just skip this part in Marvel’s expanded universe on TV. They can jump right to watching The Defenders instead.
The audience can still follow the character of Danny Rand in the crossover without having to watch the first full season of Iron Fist. The first season of Iron Fist falls flat on an extremely low rating of 18 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 6.6/10 score on IMDb.
The Defenders, Limited Series (July 2017)
The worlds of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist collide for the first time ever in an explosive crossover series, The Defenders, a la MCU-style crossover movie, The Avengers.
All four superheroes are brought together by a series of events. The superhero team has one goal in mind and that is to defend New York from a catastrophic threat. Together, they unite and become a formidable team of heroes known as The Defenders.
The limited crossover series is three years in the making but as an equivalent of The Avengers on the small screen, it did not quite meet fans’ high expectations. While it is exciting to see the coming together of MCU superheroes in action in the same place at the same time, that kind of fun arrives late in The Defenders.
The eight-episode limited series still took three episodes to team up all four of them together. When they did, it seems as though the season is already ending.
It is not at all bad for what it is worth, however. Veteran actress Sigourney Weaver has played exceptionally her role as the ultimate villain, Alexandra. Critics and fans say that Weaver’s appearance is one if not the notable highlights of the whole season.
Plus, the fight scenes of the two superheroes who possess exceptional martial arts skills are well-executed and exciting to watch, too. The Defenders receives a 77 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 7.4/10 on IMDb.
The Punisher, Season 1 (November 2017)
The Punisher has gained popularity among the critics and fans since his introduction in Daredevil season 2. So, it did not come as a surprise when Netflix ordered for the first season of The Punisher.
Frank Castle returns with his own stand-alone series that premiered on Netflix in November 2017. The Punisher arrives in perfect timing, right when Marvel’s TV-verse on Netflix can make use of a well-needed a boost. The network did see a lackluster performance of Iron Fist in its first season and lukewarm reception of The Defenders from the audience.
In the first season, Frank Castle puts justice in his hands to avenge the death of his family who was brutally murdered. But soon enough, he finds himself dealing with a conspiracy that is far larger than the heinous criminals that proliferate in the city of New York. The Punisher becomes an unstoppable vigilante who punishes those who are guilty.
What makes The Punisher a huge hit is that it stays true to the character that fans of Marvel Comics came to love. The Punisher season 1 did not come short of the lead character’s brutal combat styles and ruthless image. The action scenes are intense and right on point, making it an utterly entertaining offering to watch.
Jon Bernthal is also perfect for the role of The Punisher. The actor portrays the badass character that is beloved by many in the comics like no one else can. Bernthal stars as Castle alongside other cast members Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Daniel Webber, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, and Deborah Ann Woll.
Despite the fact that the first season has received mixed reviews, it is now back for its second season on Netflix. The Punisher season 1 receives a 68 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.6/10 score on IMDb.
Jessica Jones, Season 2 (March 2018)
Jessica Jones returns in season 2 as the dark female superhero who continues to struggle to reconcile the events that transpired in the first season. After she is being tagged as a murderer, Jessica Jones is still seeking her place in a world she lives in.
All episodes of season 2 run a total of 13 hours. Viewers get to see how the female superhero digs deeper into her emotionally disturbing past while trying to attune herself in the present. Jessica Jones did not appear in the first season of Luke Cage. However, Luke is onboard the second season of Jessica Jones as Jessica’s lover.
Both the TV critics and fans lauded the first run of Jessica Jones. The follow-up, however, has not wowed the audience as much in general.
The psychological thriller drama is not quite the same now that Kilgrave is out of the picture. Without an equally interesting character to fill the void left by Kilgrave, the second season of the series seems to lose its appeal to the fans.
However, Krysten Ritter keeps her brilliance in portraying the lead character even though the rest of the cast was just a so-so performance. It would still be interesting to check out what the producers will bring to the table in the show’s third and possibly the last installment.
Season 3 is set to air this coming summer. Jessica Jones season 2 receives an 83 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.1/10 score on IMDb.
Luke Cage, Season 2 (June 2018)
Luke Cage is back for more action in season 2 that premiered on Netflix in June last year. The second installment of the series directly picks right up from the repercussions of the events that took place in the show’s first season and in The Defenders.
After his face-off with his nemesis Diamondback in season 1, Luke Cage has turned into a celebrated hero in Harlem. But for him, this could also mean making some new enemies.
In the second season, the Power Man has to confront the anti-hero Bushmaster (Mustafa Shakir), who has the power to bring harm to him. It is worth noting that the addition of Bushmaster makes a great touch to the show. The superhero vs. supervillain moments this season have definitely left the audience on the edge of their seats.
In The Defenders, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have begun to form a budding “bromance.” This explains why Iron Fist has made an appearance in this season. Danny Rund and Carl Lucas form a partnership in stopping old villains as well as the new ones.
Alfre Woodard deserves a big applause for playing the role of the treacherous villain, Mariah Dillard. The actress is so effective in portraying the character that fans hate her to the core, they wish that she were already dead. The series also features Simone Missick as Mercedes “Misty” Knight, Theo Rossi as Hernan “Shades” Alvarez, and Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda Johnson.
Luke Cage season 1 takes off great but it does not appeal much to Marvel fans toward the finale that has quite gone stale. It is a nice surprise, though, to see the second season turn out to be a much more fun offering as a Netflix original. Luke Cage season 2 sees an improvement in its rating on Rotten Tomatoes at 84 percent and an 8.0/10 score on IMDb.
Iron Fist, Season 2 (September 2018)
After more than a year since the season premiere of its first outing, Danny Rund is back for a second run on Netflix. Iron Fist continues to take on his superhero role in keeping the peace in the city of New York using the power of the Immortal Iron Fist.
In this season, Iron Fist gets entangled with a new supervillain, Typhoid Mary (Alice Eve). Otherwise known as Mary Walker, the sweet girl with multiple personalities makes a surprise addition to the show other than Steel Serpent. Iron Fist is defending New York on behalf of Daredevil who has gone missing and assumed to be dead in the aftermath of The Defenders.
The first season apparently falls below fans’ expectations. However, Iron Fist has received positive feedback from the viewers in its second season. The show has definitely gotten better than the first run. Unfortunately, that is not enough to save the show from being axed after two seasons.
It is the last time that fans get more of the stand-alone Iron Fist series. It is still plausible that Iron Fist and Luke Cage will appear and team up in Heroes for Hire. The superhero fiction’s last hurrah on Marvel Netflix TV-verse receives a 58 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Daredevil, Season 3 (October 2018)
The saga of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen continues in the third season of Daredevil. The latest installment of the show aired in October last year. Daredevil is thought to have died in the aftermath of the events that happened in The Defenders.
The third season, however, sees Matt Murdock alive and kicking. Apparently, the superhero has sought refuge at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the place where he grew up in. He has been hiding in the convent all this time to lick his wounds.
While Matt is still recovering from his injuries, he receives the bad news that his arch nemesis Wilson Fisk has managed to strike a deal with the FBI and got himself out of jail. Angered by this twist of events, Daredevil comes out of hiding to stop Fisk once and for all. He is even willing to end the life of his worst enemy if that is what it takes.
In Season 3, Daredevil finds himself fighting double trouble, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Agent Benjamin “Dex” Poindexter (Wilson Bethel), who soon becomes the new villain known as Bullseye. Daredevil does everything within his power to stop both of them and save the people of the city of New York from any form of destruction.
Daredevil season 3 is simply another incredible installment of the series. Actor Charlie Cox is spectacular in giving justice to his role. He is impressively natural in portraying the character of the masked vigilante.
The character of D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in the show also makes a flavorful addition in the storyline. Other stars include Joanne Whalley as Maggie Grace, Jay Ali as Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, and Stephen Rider as Blake Tower.
Overall, the entire cast does great in their performances in season 3 but sadly, they now have to make their final bow. Last November, Netflix announced its final decision to cancel Daredevil.
The latest news has surfaced, however, that fans have come together to make their voices heard. They started #SaveDaredevil petition that has now reached 250,000 signatures as of Feb. 8. Charlie Cox himself has shown his support and signed the petition that aims to help bring back Daredevil for its already planned-out season 4.
Although Daredevil hangs up his boots in the third season, indeed the show ends on a high note. Season 3 ratings shoot up to 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.5/10 score on IMDb.
The Punisher, Season 2 (January 2019)
After quite a long wait, fans now lay their eyes once more on their favorite badass vigilante on TV.in his stand-alone series. The Punisher season 2 has certainly improved compared to season 1. But many also agree that the first installment already offers great entertainment to the fans of the show.
In this bloodier new season, The Punisher battles it out again with a marred Jigsaw, who returns from the first season. Karen Page will also make a guest appearance in the series.
This is perhaps Karen’s last outing in the Marvel Netflix timeline. The cast members who reprise their roles in this season include Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, and Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle.
It also seems likely that second season of The Punisher will tie some loose ends or better yet carve a plotline for the upcoming third season of Jessica Jones. Viewers can only wish that season 2 would not be the last installment for The Punisher and that Netflix will still pick up the show for a third season.
Do not get those hopes up by that much, however. The Punisher season 2 has seen a significant drop in viewership. So far, it has received an 83 percent audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Jessica Jones, Season 3 (Summer 2019)
The plot details, however, are still kept under wraps. It is expected, though, that season 3 will see the superheroine devastated over the great loss of her mom. Jessica’s best friend Trish Walker shot her mother to death. As a consequence, their lifelong friendship will come to an end.
In the third season, Trish will most possibly become the infamous villainess “Hellcat” just like in the comics. Like Jessica, Trish also subjected herself to a procedure that gave her heightened reflexes and some other unknown effects. Meanwhile, Jerri received an ALS diagnosis in the previous season.
So, in the upcoming installment, she will likely do what she can to look for a cure for the disease. Malcolm will start working for Cheng Consulting Management as an investigator. This organization might be able to help Jerri find the cure for her illness but in a dubious way.
The neo-noir detective fiction’s main cast looks set to reprise their roles in season 3. This includes Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Eka Darville as neighbor Malcolm Ducass, and Carrie-Anne Moss as attorney Jeri Hogarth.
As it seems, Jessica Jones will need to put up a good fight to avoid getting axed after its third season. Some say that season 3 could possibly be the last installment in the Marvel TV-verse on Netflix.
Here is a quick summary of what order you should watch all 13 seasons of the Marvel Netflix series in 2023:
- Daredevil, Season 1
- Jessica Jones, Season 1
- Daredevil, Season 2
- Luke Cage, Season 1
- Iron Fist, Season 1
- The Defenders, Limited Series
- The Punisher, Season 1
- Jessica Jones, Season 2
- Luke Cage, Season 2
- Iron Fist, Season 2
- Daredevil, Season 3
- The Punisher, Season 2
- Jessica Jones, Season 3