One of the biggest questions surrounding the Marvel projects has been regarding the status of the Netflix Marvel shows. Before we got to see the Marvel shows on the Disney+ streaming platform, we had the shows on Netflix. But the major question surrounding these shows was whether they were canon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Everything that we had heard over the years clearly indicated that these shows weren’t canon to the MCU and they were actually canceled. But things might be taking an interesting turn based on the recent events. Now that the Netflix Marvel shows will be making their debut on the Disney+ streaming platform, we might get some insight regarding the status of these narratives with respect to the MCU.
Kevin Feige Talks About The Shows
Fans had initially wondered if the Netflix Marvel shows were a means to expand the MCU to the small screen. But the Marvel Studios hardly paid any attention to these projects and instead they would be looked over by Marvel Television. Later it would become obvious that the franchise had different plans when it came to the live-action shows that would be canon to the MCU. The shows were canceled on Netflix and fans realized that it might be the last time we would be getting a chance to see these characters. Soon we would get some insight into what will be considered canon to the MCU.
While speaking at the CCXP in Brazil, Marvel Studios President talked about how shows will be the future of the franchise. According to him:
After ‘Endgame,’ thinking, ‘What can we do next?’. Disney+ is going to give us this opportunity to tell even deeper stories with characters you already know and love…in a new type of cinematic way that we haven’t done before. We’ve already started shooting two of them and they’re very, very special.
And it all, for the first time, will interlink. So, the MCU will be on your TV screen at home on Disney+ and interconnect with the movies and go back and forth. It’s exciting to expand the MCU into even bigger and better heights.
From Netflix To Disney+
Earlier last year, Netflix started indicating through their pop-ups that the Marvel shows will be leaving the streaming service on March 1. It was actually clarified later that Disney had bought them. Disney started sending out emails that these shows will soon be available for streaming on the Disney+ platform. But that would only be done for those countries that had the Star package, for mature content. The shows coming to Netlflix could prove a much-needed clarity regarding the status of these shows in the MCU.
Even the shows will be made available only to certain territories, the Star actually appears as an option for registered user accounts. According to the design of the platform, this Star content is readily available to be streamed throughout the interface. This means that viewers who have their Star feature enabled could select Marvel and watch some such content available to them. The available content might include projects like Logan, Deadpool, or Hit-Monkey. We can expect to see the Netflix shows appear here in a similar way sometime soon.
Netflix Marvel Shows Canon To MCU?
Earlier it was kinda clear that the shows weren’t canon to the MCU but things to a rather bizarre turn. In the same week, fans got to see Vincent D’Onofrio and Charlie Cox reprise their roles as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin and Matthew Murdock from the Netflix show Daredevil. It became certain that the actors were continuing their characters arcs from the show but no specific reference was made to set up that link. Vincent D’Onofriao quite openly stated that he was playing the same character he did in the Netflix series. But that would have required addressing some of the events of the shows.
Agents of SHIELD make some direct references to the MCU and yet based on Feige’s logic it won’t be considered canon to the MCU. A lot of other shows also had some interesting connections that they had made to the MCU. The release of these shows on Disney+ might give us some clarity regarding these narratives are canon to the MCU or not. There’s no surety even now. The ship could still sail in both directions but I think they’d still be separate. Rest, we would only be able to know more once these shows make it to Disney+ on March 16.