Are The Netflix Marvel Shows In The MCU?

Marvel fans lost every sense of cool and calm when Netflix’s Daredevil showed up in Spiderman: No Way Home, even for only a minute or two. Daredevil’s viewership on Netflix subsequently increased, and all everyone wanted was to see their favorite hero from Netflix Marvel show up again in the MCU.

A similar thing happened when Kingpin from Daredevil was spotted on the sets of Hawkeye. Consequently, many fans have been wondering whether the Netflix Marvel shows fall into MCU and, therefore, whether we can expect more such cameo appearances between the two in the future?

The answer is no; the Netflix Marvel shows were originally not a part of MCU (keyword: originally). However, the tables seem to be turning since 2022, and we have hope the two universes might just become one. 

What was the status at the start of the Netflix shows?

In 2013, Disney announced they would be making a few live-action series featuring some of our favorites from the Marvel comics: Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron fist, etc. These shows were streamable on Netflix and were a production of Marvel Television, while the films were a product of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

MCU was headed by Kevin Fiege, while Marvel Television was headed by Jeph Loeb, and according to multiple sources, the two big shots weren’t on friendly terms. Therefore, there was not a single chance at the beginning that these two universes could align.  

Unfortunately, the consequences of not operating as one joint universe were faced only by Marvel Television; they did not have as many resources as MCU to produce the same quality shows as the films produced by their counterpart. The shows also had a low viewership, while Fiege’s films kept breaking box office records. 

In all frankness, MCU never tried to align itself with the Marvel Televisions productions either. Even if they weren’t a single unit, one would think they would at least try to align up their stories for consistency. However, that was far from the case.

A famous example is Agent Phil Coulson; he died in Avengers: Age of Ultron (an MCU production) and although he was subsequently revived in the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (a Marvel Television production), he is still considered dead in MCU. 

What difference has 2022 made?

With MCU’s phase 4 over and many of our favorite actors (Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, etc.) exiting the universe, MCU stepped into the world of TV shows by creating shows like WandaVision and Loki, to be streamed on Disney+. 

On the other hand, Marvel Television shows were canceled by Netflix, and it was announced they will also be moving on to Disney+. As both production companies were moving to similar streaming platforms, fans speculated that the two might start cooperating and join hands. However, there has been no such announcement from either side, and Disney+ is not adding the Netflix shows to its MCU category, rather, in a brand new category, called ‘The Defender’s Saga.’

Watching this video might help you get a better understanding of whether the Netflix shows are considered MCU canon:

So, the only thing we can do is hope we see more of these appearances across production companies. Who knows, maybe Marvel Television is in the MCU, but just not operating in the same timeline.

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