All You Need To Know About The Marvel Shows On Netflix

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PHOTO: (LEFT) Daredevil/Netflix, (RIGHT) Jessica Jones/Netflix

Your friends have seen them. Your siblings are raving about them. Even your tita can't stop talking about the cute guys! But you just haven't found the time to watch all the Marvel shows on Netflix! So here's your quick guide.

Back in 2008, Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), a series of superhero movies based on the Marvel comics. Each movie is connected to the others, and characters from one movie appear in the next one.

But the action is so exciting that it's spilled over from the big screen to TV. In 2015, the first season of Daredevil started streaming on Netflix, kicking off an extension of the MCU.

Now, there are four shows on Netflix that expand the story of the Marvel heroes. And just like the MCU, the characters and stories from one show pop up on the other shows too, so everything is connected!


In a nutshell: A blind lawyer defends the urban poor of Hell's Kitchen by day, and battles the grimy underworld by night.

Seasons: Season One was released in 2015, and Season Two in 2016. Season Three will probably be released in 2018, since lead actor Charlie Cox confirmed he would be shooting in late 2017. 

Important People:

Matt Murdock/Daredevil

Charlie Cox plays the cutest blind lawyer you have ever seen! Matt Murdock is smart, sharp, and witty, and his nighttime alter-ego is hell-bent on bringing justice to Hell’s Kitchen.

Foggy Nelson

Matt Murdock's best friend and partner is a really sweet guy, but when the need arises, he can kill it in the courtroom too.

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Karen Page

She starts out as a client at Nelson and Murdock, and moves on to become their secretary. But she's so determined to get to the truth that she ends up becoming an investigative reporter!

Wilson Fisk/Kingpin

He's Season One's big bad! And like any good villain, he keeps coming back.

Elektra Natchios

Matt's ex-girlfriend also happens to be a trained assassin who's crazy rich, and she has an amazing wardrobe.

Claire Temple

This nurse patches up Matt when he takes a really bad beating.

Why you might like it:

Charlie Cox is really cute! The fight scenes are awesome. The villains are complex and compelling. And Foggy Nelson is adorably funny!

Jessica Jones

In a nutshell: Super strong woman works as a private investigator until her past catches up with her. Unfortunately, that past takes the form of a really abusive ex-boyfriend who also happens to be super-powered.

Seasons: Season One aired in 2015.

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Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter plays Jessica Jones, who is an alcoholic, a rape survivor, a private investigator, and a really tough cookie.


He's manipulative and delusional, and he can't seem to let go of Jessica.

Trish Walker

Jessica's best friend and adoptive sister is also a radio show host and former actress. She's also trained in Krav Maga!

Luke Cage

Jessica is super strong, but this guy is unbreakable! Can you imagine what happens if they work together?

Why you might like it:

Jessica is a badass female who doesn't put up with nonsense. The show also tackles a lot of complex, controversial issues surrounding rape and toxic relationships.

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Luke Cage

In a nutshell: He's unbreakable, and he's pretty strong! He's also on the run from the cops and just trying to live a quiet life in Harlem, until trouble hits the streets.

Seasons: Season One aired in 2016.

Important People:

Luke Cage

How does a well-educated man like Luke Cage go from sweeping the floors in a Harlem barbershop to cleaning up the streets of Harlem?

Misty Knight

This detective has a sort of sixth sense about crime scenes, and she won't let anything get in the way of solving a case.

Claire Temple

Yep, she's here too! Though her skills as a nurse still come in handy, she's got a bigger role on this show.

Mariah Dillard

On the surface she seems like a well-meaning politician, but most people don't realize she has ties to Harlem's criminals.

Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes

Speaking of criminals, this one is Mariah's cousin! Cottonmouth is a gangster and nightclub owner with a bad temper.

Why you might like it:

The music is awesome! The show makes you think: what is it going to take to push you to take action? It also touches on some sensitive issues, like race, violence, and urban poverty.

Iron Fist

In a nutshell: Lost boy comes home with martial arts skills, and tries to find out how to reclaim his life. Things get complicated when he realizes everyone prefers him dead.

Seasons: Season One aired in 2017.

Important People:

Danny Rand/Iron Fist

He was just a teenager when his plane crashed in the Himalayas, killing his parents. He grew up in a monastery, where he earned the power of the Iron Fist.

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Colleen Wing

This fighter runs her own dojo, and helps Danny find out the truth about his parentsand the giant corporation he inherited.

Madame Gao

This powerful drug lord first makes an appearance in Daredevil. Here, she's filled the streets of New York with a new drugusing Rand Enterprises to distribute it!

Why you might like it:

If you mourned the loss of Game of Thrones' Loras Tyrell, you're in luck! Not only do you get to see his curly locks again, but you also see him shirtless pretty often! And Colleen Wing is a wicked fighter.


In a nutshell: All four of our heroes come together to defend New York from crime and injustice!

Seasons: Season One hits Netflix on August 18.

Important People:

All of the above! Pretty much all of the main characters of each show will be appearing in Defenders, so it looks like New York is about to get really busy with these not-quite heroes.

But in addition to everyone else, Defenders will have Sigourney Weaver, in a role even the fans haven't figured out yet.

Why you might like it:

Each of the Marvel shows on Netflix features interesting charactics and stories. Can you imagine the chaos when they all come together? If not, then at least check out all the behind-the-scenes Instagram posts by the cast, because it looks like they're having fun on-set!


In a nutshell: This vigilante was a big part of Daredevil Season Two, and he was so popular with viewers that he got his own show!

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Seasons: Season One is rumored to be released in November 2017.

Important People:

It's got a smaller cast than Defenders, definitely, but there is at least one familiar face: Karen Page from Daredevil.

Frank Castle

Watch Daredevil Season Two for full details, but the short version is that Frank Castle gets framed for murder, and all hell breaks loose.

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