Taking a Look Back at the Marvel Netflix Series from Worst to Best
Recently, we’ve gotten a bit of bad news when it comes to the Marvel Netflix series. It would seem that Disney has decided that it’s going to take its toys and go play in its own sandbox. In other words, the entertainment titan is starting a streaming service all it’s own and will be moving Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney series/movies over there. No word on how that’s going to affect current series on Netflix and if we will be getting any new series or seasons of some of our favorite binge-able shows. It’s not clear what the future holds, but there’s no sense worrying about all that… Yet
Instead of freaking out, I’ve decided to take a look back at the Marvel Netflix series that have been bestowed upon us so far. I’ll be the first to admit that there have been some hits and misses among them, but hey, at least they’re all better than Inhumans (which isn’t saying much). No matter the ups and downs though, comic fans have continued to unite and binge watch the hell out of every season. It’s true that there are plenty of other comic book based shows on Netflix to watch, but all of them would be hard-pressed to have the same impact that Marvel has had in the streaming industry. So, without further adieu, I’m about to rain down praise, and pain, on all the Marvel Netflix series we’ve gotten so far. Buckle up comic fans, because I’ve got a few choice words.
7. Iron Fist
Let’s start this list with what is easily one of the most disappointing things that have ever happened in my life (and I’ve had plenty of failed relationships). Take away the whole whitewashing controversy that left both sides emotionally exhausted (I was personally ok with the casting initially), and we’re still left with a complete disaster. One of the best fighters in the Marvel universe was turned into a sniveling man-child who seemed programmed to repetitively say, “My name is Danny Rand and I’m the Immortal Iron Fist.” My guess is that he kept having to say it because he sure wasn’t going to prove it. At least we got Colleen Wing out of it though. Iron Fist almost made me give up on Marvel Netflix series altogether.
6. The Defenders
This was supposed to be the big moment for fans. What it all had been leading up to since the introduction of Daredevil on the small screen. Even with Iron Fist giving fans pause, there were still plenty of high expectations eagerly waiting for this Marvel Netflix series to hit. The Defenders kinda crashed more than hit though when it finally got its moment in the sun. Instead of a well-oiled machine, fans were treated to a show in which Marvel tried to smash square pegs through round holes in an attempt to get all the pieces to “fit together.” Not only that but Sigourney Weaver was completely wasted as the villain. Considering how disappointing Iron Fist was and that The Defenders wasn’t much better, let’s hope Marvel and Netflix got it together for The Punisher.
5. Daredevil Season 2
Speaking of Marvel trying to force pieces together, the second season of Daredevil suffered from too many storylines being condensed into a single season. In its rush to introduce The Punisher and Elektra, as well as The Hand, there was never going to be enough room to give them all the attention they deserved in 13 episodes. Not only that, but I felt like it was painfully lacking in the Vincent D’Onofrio department. Now, there were definitely some good things that came from the second season, most notably the pretty awesome new suit Charlie Cox got and, the casting of both Frank Castle and Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung). Plus it set a lot of wheels in motion for the future of Marvel Netflix series. So, I have to cut it a bit of slack.
4. The Punisher
Honestly, I was torn on whether to place good old Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) here or bump him up a little higher. The full season of The Punisher gave fans what they wanted and proved that Marvel Netflix series are not afraid to get their hands soaked in blood. The Punisher is all about the blood and grit, which is perfect considering that fans have been treated to pretty tame versions of the hero when he’s made appearances on the big screen. No, this is the Frank Castle who’s motto is “kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out.” In fact, the first two minutes show him mid-rampage and it never really stops. However, there is good news and bad news with this series. Bad news, we’re forced to deal with more Karen Page. Good news, Battle Van totally makes an appearance.
3. Luke Cage
There was a lot that I really loved about Luke Cage. The soundtrack, the social commentary, the fact that Mike Colter could actually get away with saying “Sweet Christmas” without me snickering. The first half of this series had me ready to declare it the best of all the Marvel Netflix series. However, then they went and switched villains on us. From a crime boss set to rival Wilson Fisk and his snake in the grass cousin with political ties to some half-brother with a “power suit.” Seriously though, Diamondback was the most ridiculous of all the villain’s fans had gotten so far, and a hero is only as good as their villain. Still, I love the style the Luke Cage brought to Netflix. Everything about it popped and fit together perfectly, and I will say it had the best soundtrack of them all by a long shot.
Oh, and Shades was super lame too.
2. Jessica Jones
If you’re looking for some serious girl power, then you don’t have to look much further than the whiskey swigging, hard-nosed detective Jessica Jones. What I loved about the series is just how much Jessica didn’t want to be a hero, but couldn’t help herself. Honestly, Krysten Ritter was a surprise hit and brought the perfect attitude to the character. However, the piece de resistance was David Tennant as Kilgrave. As awesome as Kingpin is, Kilgrave is my personal favorite villain of all the Marvel Netflix series. Toss in the fact that Jones had to go up against Will Simpson (aka Nuke) as well, and this show nailed its villains. But villains are a dime a dozen, Jessica Jones gave the women of the MCU a chance to shine with a genderswapped Jeri Hogarth and good old Trish Walker (who I hope to see in costume in season 2).
1. Daredevil Season 1
The show that started it all, and is still the undisputed king of the Marvel Netflix series. Daredevil showed us that Marvel wasn’t afraid to get its hands dirty with its street-level heroes and that we could all forget that whole Ben Affleck fiasco. Looking back, I can’t think of any serious flaws with the first season (besides how obnoxious I find Karen Page). Charlie Cox was spectacular as the blind hero whose real superpower is that he can take as much as he dishes out. As amazing as all the action sequence were, it was the relationships that made this such a great series. Matt Murdock had Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk had James Wesley, and fans had Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson is the true Queen of Geeks). Daredevil just got it all right.
With that whole Disney thing, who knows if this list will get much of a chance to be altered in the future. But until official news hits, I’m going to continue enjoying the Marvel Netflix series yet to come. So, what are your thoughts? Is this list in the proper order or would you move some of the shows around? Be sure to let me know in the comments what you love and hate most about all the Marvel shows on Netflix so far!