With The Punisher coming out on Netflix on November 17, now does feel like the right time to start discussing some of the Marvel universe’s overall future on the streaming provider.
At present, it’s understandable to be worried about shows like The Punisher plus Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. Just look at things from this vantage point of the upcoming Disney streaming service that is being launched. Many properties, including several of their popular movies, are going to be moved over there in the near future.
It’s fair to wonder whether or not this move is going to be anything other than a complete mess for Disney given that there are a million or so streaming options as it is; the larger question to wonder is whether or not Disney could eventually opt to take some of these aforementioned shows and move them off of the service to go along with some of their movies.
As of right now, there isn’t anything to worry about. According to the Wall Street Journal, there may not be many new Marvel shows heading to Netflix, with the intention there instead being to put them on Disney’s streaming provider. However, that does not mean that there is an intention to move the likes of Daredevil or any of these other shows over there. Moving a show in the middle of a run is a hassle, and in some ways you end up creating more problems than potential solutions. These shows should live on at Netflix for however long that they want to have them.
A good comparison here is with Shonda Rhimes, who recently decided to leave ABC (ironically owned by Disney) in favor of signing a new deal at Netflix. While the streaming provider will be her new home for scripted content, this doesn’t mean that new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy are going to be moving exclusively over to that service. The show is going to remain at ABC which is the network that started it and the network that already has a following for it.
There is no indication as to when the Daredevil / Jessica Jones arm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will end. Many of these shows do have additional seasons in the works, so they do seem to be secure for the near future.