Overjoyed, Canadian Marvel freaks! As of March 16, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher, among others, will be streamed on Disney+ Star in Canada, just two weeks after they have been weeded out from Netflix globally. However, information on when and whether these shows will hit Disney+ shelves for standard US subscribers has yet to be announced.
The news follows the announcement that these series would be departing Netflix as of March 1, with the episodes slated to be removed from the streaming service. That Marvel products were moved from Netflix to Disney+ Star has been going on for a long time. Netflix canceled all of its Marvel projects in 2019, just before the Disney+, a direct rival to the legacy streaming service, came out. Disney made the most of its legacy assets quickly. With a long list of Star Wars and Marvel spin-off series now on air or underway, it is little wonder the company’s purchase of external Marvel franchises for streaming platforms. Given that Disney+ has previously released many original Marvel television series on its streaming service, all of which have been met with remarkable success; hence, the addition of its previous projects comes as no surprise.
Full-blown series like Hawkeye, WandaVision, and Loki have achieved remarkable success because they’ve offered fresh depth to well-known Marvel characters while also deepening the dramatic and complicated storyline that Disney has been crafting for Marvel for over a decade. The fate of the Netflix Marvel shows is still kept under wraps, particularly given their frequent focus on minor Marvel characters and occasional less-than-family-friendly content. However, with Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) taking on a cameo role in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Wilson Fisk’s (Vincent D’Onofrio) appearance in Hawkeye, these series are expected to be included in the larger canon of Disney’s MCU.
According to some sources, these assets will undoubtedly make their way to Disney’s less family-friendly streaming service, Hulu. The relocation of the assets to Disney+ Star in Canada, on the other hand, may imply that Disney wants to preserve the cohesiveness of its properties rather than further fragment them. However, this is just a supposition at the moment. Beginning March 16, Canadian audiences will be able to enjoy the Netflix Marvel series on Disney+ Star. There has been no announcement about the transfer of these assets to US streaming platforms.