There’s been intense debate over whether Daredevil and other Marvel Netflix shows are canon – and their arrival on Disney + in March could settle it.
Daredevil and the other Marvel Netflix shows are coming to Disney + internationally on March 16 – which could finally settle longstanding questions about whether old Marvel Television shows are canon in the main MCU timeline. There’s long been intense debate over whether or not Marvel Television’s old TV shows should be considered canon to the mainstream MCU; the historic relationship was rather one-sided, and deteriorated after a split at Marvel in 2015. Over the last few months, Marvel Studios chose to bring back several high-profile actors from the old Marvel Netflix shows — notably Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D ‘Onofrio’s Kingpin. This, naturally, meant the debate heated up once again.
In early February, Netflix loaded their Marvel shows with pop-ups revealing they would be leaving the streaming service on March 1, 2022. It was later confirmed the rights had returned to Disney, with the House of Mouse presumably purchasing them, just as CBS recently bought back global distribution for Star Trek: Discovery. Disney has now started sending out emails confirming these Marvel Netflix shows will be coming to Disney +, so far only in countries with the Star package, which allows for more mature content. This could finally settle the canon debate at last.
Although Star appears on the Disney + interface as a second selectable panel for registered user accounts, Star content is designed to appear throughout the interface as well. That means viewers with Star enabled can select the “Marvel” panel and see Star content that’s available in their region, such as Logan, Deadpoolor Hit-Monkey. It’s reasonable to assume Daredevil and the other Marvel Netflix shows will be added to Disney +’s library in the same way. The interesting question is whether they’ll appear in the MCU categories – or whether they’ll be slotted under “Marvel Series and Specials,” which includes non-MCU live-action shows.
So far, Marvel Studios seems to have been carefully avoiding any definitive statement on canonicity. Certainly there are subtle narrative throughlines between the Marvel Netflix shows and the MCU, such as Kingpin’s cufflinks, but it’s been unclear whether Marvel considered these elements to be indicators of continuity or simple Easter eggs. The placement of Daredevil and associated Marvel Netflix shows on Disney + will be as close to a definitive statement as viewers are likely to get for the foreseeable future.
Should Marvel choose to absorb Daredevil and his fellow superheroes into the mainstream MCU, it will logically have an impact beyond those particular series. There were subtle connections between the Marvel Netflix shows and Agents of SHIELD spirit Cloak & Dagger, meaning those two will be another step closer to canonicity. Viewers will need to check out Disney + on March 16 to see exactly what approach Marvel has taken to Daredevil and the rest of the former Netflix lineup.
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