Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment declared Netflix/Marvel shows were not coming to Hulu, the former Netflix-Marvel comic book series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders will officially call Disney Plus their new streaming home.
Disney has confirmed all six series will begin streaming on the platform in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand starting March 16th after the shows left Netflix on February 8th after rights to the series reverted back to Disney. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which ran for seven seasons on ABC, will also begin streaming March 16th on Disney Plus.
While Daredevil, Jessica Jones and all of Netflix’s Marvel series were branded as “Netflix Originals” they were actually licensed out to Netflix from Disney and since Netflix’s licensing deal ended, Disney decided to move them to Disney Plus, making it more convenient for fans.
For anyone’s whose seen these shows they are violent and more mature, depicting sex scenes, brutal fights, decapitations and naughty curse words. As a result, Disney Plus will simultaneously release an update to its existing parental controls in the U.S., prompting all subscribers to update their settings. The settings include an option to select content ratings restrictions for each profile and to add a PIN to lock profiles. Those that choose to keep their settings the same will continue to use Disney Plus as they always have within a TV-14 content rating environment, with the option to make changes at any time under the profile settings tab.
Disney also confirmed that all seven of these Marvel series will be available across all other Disney Plus markets later this year.
“Disney+ has served as the home for some of the most beloved brands in the industry, and the addition of these live-action shows brings more from the Marvel brand together, all in one place,” said Michael Paull, President of Disney Streaming, in a statement. “We have experienced great success with an expanded content offering on Disney+ across our global markets and are excited to continue that here in the U.S. as well by offering our consumers not only great content with the new Marvel additions, but also a set of features that help ensure a viewing experience most suitable for them and their family.”
November 2020 marked two years since the cancellation of Daredevil which opened the door for Charlie Cox to reprise his role in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: No Way Home, followed by Vincent D’Onofrio in the Hawkeye Disney+ show. Both Cox and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige have expressed interest in more Daredevil, while D’Onofrio is rumored to be in the upcoming Disney+ Echo series.