Culture Movies/TV

The 8 Best Marvel Movies and Shows Still on Netflix

Netflix subscribers who are fans of Marvel’s television series and movies may feel a bit left out in the cold since the launch of the ever-popular Disney+ streaming service back in November of 2019. But fear not, we come bearing good news! What if we told you that you could scratch your Marvel itch without adding another subscription service to your seemingly never-ending list of monthly expenses? That’s right! There are still plenty of ways for you to tap into the Marvel Universe without the need for a Disney+ membership.

Netflix continues to feature a variety of original shows and movies for viewers of all ages to enjoy. In this article, we will explore all that remains of Marvel on Netflix so that you don’t have to go another day without some serious superhero satisfaction in your life. So, let’s put on our masks and capes and figure out which kick-butt shows you’ll be adding to your Netflix “My List” today!

1. ‘Ghost Rider’ (2007)

We’ll be honest with you; this is the only Marvel movie that remains on Netflix after the recent migration of all their movies to Disney+. While that may not be the news you were hoping to hear, it gets better as we go down the list, we promise!

Ghost Rider follows Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage), who is a daredevil biker and stuntman by day, and a walking, talking, motorcycle riding, flaming-skulled bounty hunter of the damned by night. How did he get into this mess, you may ask? Good question! In exchange for his soul, a demon named Mephistopheles promises to cure Johnny’s father of cancer. Well, he ends up dying due to significant burns all over his body, but the demon considers his end of the bargain upheld and now has Johnny’s soul and services forever. What a rip-off!

Johnny, aka Ghost Rider, is then called upon by Mephistopheles to defeat his demon son Blackheart. If he does this, Johnny gets his soul back. I won’t spoil it for you, but it has a crazy plot twist in the end and is worth at least one watch if you haven’t seen it yet. As the only Marvel movie on the board, you’re not left with many options, so do what must be done and give it a chance if you’re a fan of action, adventure, sci-fi, or fantasy. Plus, it’s Nick Cage! You know you’re tempted…

2. ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (2013-2020)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is, by far, the Marvel television series with the most episodes on Netflix. Spanning seven seasons, the show is based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D., which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.

That’s a mouthful! Thank goodness for acronyms, huh? Basically, this group is a spy agency that was put together to keep the peace in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series was the first-ever in the MCU and is considered canon, meaning that it is officially a part of the MCU you know and love from the movies and other media. So, if you enjoyed the Avengers movies, this ties right in and helps to broaden and expand that world. We would say it’s worth checking out if you’re ready to commit to seven seasons of superhero fun!

3. ‘Daredevil’ (2015-2018)

Continuing the chronological timeline of Marvel movies and shows on Netflix, our next stop is the series Daredevil. This show is certainly more on the dark and gritty side, as is indicated by its rating of TV-MA. If you’re looking for more of a mature Marvel experience, look no further.

For three seasons, we follow Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), aka Daredevil, a blind lawyer from 9-5, but a masked, crime-fighting vigilante at night. Daredevil possesses heightened senses due to being blinded as a young boy and combines this with extensive martial arts training to take down New York City’s worst of the worst. This is the first in a series of shows that tie into The Defenders miniseries, but more on that later!

4. ‘Jessica Jones’ (2015-2019)

Another Marvel Netflix series to take the dark and gritty approach, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), is a private eye with a haunting, traumatic past. The show touches on topics such as rape, assault, and PTSD, to name a few, so this one is definitely intended for an older audience. Jones is a former superhero who uses her superhuman strength, healing factor, and flight powers to aid her in her everyday work as a detective. She gave up her life as a superhero after an incident where a villain named Killgrave caused her to kill someone against her will. Let’s say that Killgrave is back, and Jessica Jones will have to stop him. Start with Daredevil, then watch this, as this show is the second of four that tie into The Defenders miniseries. This brings us to the next show…

5. ‘Luke Cage’ (2016-2018)

As part of the Netflix Black Lives Matter Collection, Luke Cage tells the story of an ex-con who is fighting to clear his name while saving his neighborhood in Harlem, New York. Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has some badass abilities to back up his 6’6 hulking physique as well. Among them are bulletproof skin, damage immunity, superdense body mass, healing factor, superhuman strength, hand-to-hand combat skills, and superhuman durability! Whew, what a list! Good luck stopping this guy!

Will Luke Cage get the redemption story that he seeks? Does he use his powers for good to save Harlem from the crime and corruption that’s been plaguing it? Well, you know I can’t tell you all that, so you’re going to have to tune in to find out! Luke Cage is the third series in the lead-up to The Defenders, so make sure to watch them in order. You’ll thank us later.

6. ‘Iron Fist’ (2017-2018)

Can you imagine being presumed dead for 15 years, only to resurface with incredible powers? That’s exactly what happens to Danny Rand (Finn Jones) in the Marvel series Iron Fist. It took us a minute to place Finn Jones, but we finally figured it out. You may know him from Game of Thrones, where he played Loras Tyrell, brother of Margaery. Anyway, he’s a great actor and doesn’t disappoint in this role either.

Rand shows up out of nowhere like Schwarzenneger in The Terminator-looking to reclaim the family business from Harold Meachum and his kids. But as always, a threat emerges, and Rand is torn between securing the family legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. I have a funny feeling that he’ll be using his martial arts training, pyrokinesis, healing factor, and ability to harness spiritual energy in this two-season series. If you watch the three shows before this one, well, you had better watch this one too. It all leads to the crossover show we’ll be talking about next.

7. ‘The Defenders’ (2017)

Finally! The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The hype is real, folks, but when Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist squad up, how can you not get excited? The events of this miniseries are set a few months after Daredevil season two and a month after the first season of Iron Fist. The group of superhero vigilantes team up in New York City to fight the Hand. That’s right, the antagonist’s name is the Hand. We know what our heroes can do, but what about the Hand? It turns out that the Hand isn’t just a singular person or thing; it’s an order of evil mystical ninjas involved in organized crime and assassination plots. *Gulp* Business is about to pick up y’all! 

It’s a shame we may never see another season of The Defenders, but as I mentioned before, if you’re planning on taking the journey through Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, you better add this on to your Netflix “My List” as well.

8. ‘The Punisher’ (2017-2019)

And last, but by no means least, we have everyone’s favorite ex-Marine turned arbiter of pain, Frank Castle. Yes, the man better known as The Punisher has been a favorite amongst Marvel fans for quite some time now due to his creative techniques to get people to spill the beans among other things. He doesn’t have glowing fists, the power of flight, or the ability to heal himself, but he does possess peak strength for a human, skills in unarmed combat, superior marksmanship, and immunity to pain.

This two-season series follows the tortured soul that is Mr. Castle as he seeks revenge against those who killed his family. He quickly earns the moniker “The Punisher” in the city of New York while uncovering a larger conspiracy in motion. It’s a wild and violent ride showcasing a man on a mission who takes on the criminal underworld by any means necessary, with no regard for human life. If you like the John Wick movies, then this should be right up your alley. The Punisher and popcorn: it has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.