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 are still a number of Marvel movies available on the platform, and the Marvel Netflix original shows will remain on the service, at least for now.
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!
Note: Disney’s contract with Netflix is complicated. While Netflix still has its original TV shows, they are no longer in product 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 2020, new Marvel movies will only be available on Disney Plus. Unless something changes, which can happen. We’ll be here with updates either way.
Best Marvel Movies on Netflix
1. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse
We kick off our list of the best Marvel Netflix movies with the surprise winner of 2018’s Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. This movie has some unique-looking CGI-based art style that looks like it came out of a comic book and into 3D life. The story is also great, when an African American-Latino teenager, Miles Morales, grows up admiring his favorite superhero, Spider-Man. Then Spider-Man dies and Miles gets bit by his own radioactive spider. Soon, he’s not only swinging around New York City, but he quickly learns his version of Spider-Man isn’t the only one operating in the multiverse.
2. Ghost Rider
Next up on our list is the 2007 adaptation of Ghost Rider. Nicolas Cage plays stunt man Johnny Blaze, who makes the decision to sell his soul to the devil to help save the life of his true love. Now he can turn into a flaming skull on a fiery motorcycle. He has to go after Blackheart, a minor demon who thinks he can overthrow the devil himself. Cage’s performance is, as you might expect, over the top. The good news is that in this case, the role sort of demands it.
3. Ant-Man and the Wasp
Paul Rudd proved to be the perfect casting choice for the conman-superhero Scott Lang, and he returns to the role in this 2017 sequel to Ant-Man. This time he’s taken out of house arrest by Dr. Hank Pym and his daughter to pull off an unlikely rescue mission.
The movie is great fun, particularly thanks to Rudd’s performance. There’s still no word on a third film in the series, although both have been critical and box office successes.
Best Marvel Shows on Netflix
1. Jessica Jones
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.
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.
3. The Punisher
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.
4. Luke Cage
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.
5. Iron Fist
Iron Fist wasn’t nearly as critically acclaimed as the rest of the Marvel Netflix shows 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 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. We don’t know how much time there is exactly for the movies and TV shows to continue on Netflix, although the Netflix original TV shows should stay. The movies? That’s up in the air.