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Marvel movies and shows have been a staple of Netflix for years, but now their time is coming to a close with the launch of Disney Plus. Even so, there is still one major Marvel movie available on the platform, and the Netflix Marvel series will remain on the service, at least for now.

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To help you make the most of the time that’s left, we’ve put together a list of the best Marvel movies and shows on Netflix. Hurry up and watch them now before they disappear! You can sign up for the streaming service at the link below.

Best Marvel Netflix movies and shows

  1. Ghost Rider
  2. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  3. Jessica Jones
  4. Daredevil
  5. The Punisher
  6. Luke Cage
  7. Iron Fist

Note: Disney’s contract with Netflix is complicated. While Netflix still has its original TV shows, they are no longer in production as Disney slowly brings Marvel into its complete control. We’ve checked the details on the latest Marvel Netflix shows and movies, but now in 2021, new Marvel movies will only be available on Disney Plus. Unless something changes, which can happen. We’ll be here with updates either way.


1. Ghost Rider — movie

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The only major Marvel Comics-themed motion picture on Netflix at the moment is this 2007 cult classic.  Nicolas Cage gives it his all as Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stunt driver who, at the age of 17, made a deal with the devil to sell his soul in exchange for getting rid of the cancer inside Blaze’s father. However, as per usual with the devil’s deals, Blaze’s dad later dies in a stunt accident. In the present, the devil has a new deal for Blaze. Become the new Ghost Rider and defeat the villain Blackheart, and Blaze’s soul will be restored to him. Of course, becoming the Ghost Rider entails turning into a flaming human skeleton, with his bike also turning into a flaming vehicle of death.

Is it the best Marvel movie? Not by a long shot, but it is entertaining, and Cage clearly is having fun playing Blaze. It’s worth a watch.


2. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D — TV show

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the first TV show based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It started with the resurrection of Agent Phil Coulson, who died in the first Avengers movie. Now, he leads a new team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who tried to find new superhumans. Over the past several years, the show went through a number of different changes in casts, and even in concepts, but it was always very entertaining.

Netflix now has all seven seasons of the show, and it’s worth it to binge watch now.


3. Jessica Jones — TV show

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Jessica Jones was one of the first Marvel Netflix shows, and easily one of its best. It’s about a young woman (Krysten Ritter) with super strength who works as a private investigator. Her dark past still haunts her, but despite appearances, she’s a kind and caring person.

Ritter’s sarcasm and dark humor really sell the character, making all three seasons of the show a joy to watch. It’s a shame that it was canceled in 2019, but you can watch all 39 episodes below.


4. Daredevil — TV show

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Daredevil was the first Marvel Netflix show ordered by the streaming service, and arguably the best it has produced. It’s about a blind lawyer (Charlie Cox) who stalks the city fighting crime by night. Growing up blind, he has heightened senses that give him the upper hand despite his handicap.

Although the show was very well received, it was canceled after three seasons. It’s more than worth watching though (and so much better than the Ben Affleck movie), and it remains on Netflix even after the launch of Disney Plus.


5. The Punisher — TV show

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The Punisher was actually a spin-off series of Daredevil after a chance encounter between Daredevil’s alter ego and Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal). Much of The Punisher’s backstory, including his revenge arc after the death of his family, is covered in the second season of Daredevil.

In the standalone show, he uncovers a deep conspiracy about what happened to his family. As always, the former marine deals with the offenders as he does best, with extreme violence. Watch both seasons on Netflix below.


6. Luke Cage — TV show

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Like The Punisher, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) was first seen on another Marvel Netflix show, Jessica Jones. After a botched experiment, Cage is granted super-human strength and impenetrable skin. Before he can use them to do good, he’ll have to escape from prison and clear his tarnished name.

Luke Cage was canceled after two seasons, but not due to lack of quality. You can watch both on Netflix at the link below.


7. Iron Fist — TV show

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Iron Fist wasn’t nearly as critically acclaimed as the rest of the Netflix Marvel series on the list, but it’s still entertaining for fans of the superhero genre. Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is presumed dead but returns to New York City alive after 15 years, and he’ll have to readjust to the wealthy lifestyle he grew up with. This is made more complicated by his life’s mission of defeating the evil organization The Hand using his newly found strength as the Iron Fist.

The show got a lot of criticism for its decision to cast an actor like Danny Rand instead of an Asian American lead, and it was canceled after just two seasons. If you can’t get enough of Netflix’s Marvel heroes, there was a short crossover Netflix Marvel series called The Defenders that’s available to stream, as well.


That’s it for our list of the best Marvel movies and shows on Netflix! Remember, Marvel and Disney Plus is where the main game is now. However, the Netflix Marvel series should stay.