Matt Murdock may be in the MCU, but according to Disney Plus, the 3 seasons of Daredevil that originally streamed on Netflix from 2015-2018 are not. Daredevil, along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders all appear in a brand new sub-category of Marvel content labeled “The Defenders Saga.”
The Defenders Saga series moved to Disney Plus and are accessible via a new feature on the streaming service that allows for mature content to be unlocked with an access code. While the series are grouped together under the new sub-category, none of them appear in any of the several sub-categories that are comprised of canonical Marvel Studios content, calling their identity as canon further into question.
Fans can be forgiven for continuing to be confused about the canonical nature of the series. With Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio reprising their respective roles as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk in two different projects this past December, it’s easy to see why fans hoped their Netflix adventures would be included in the MCU’s Sacred Timeline. And without any sort of official word from Marvel Studios’ top brass, fans have been left to make their own decisions about where the projects stand. However, the fact that none of these series are included in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” or “Marvel Cinematic Universe in Timeline Order” sub-categories, seems to really add an extra layer of doubt.
And while fans may wish to continue to debate the canonicity of these series, recent MCU Projects have featured the opening up of the Multiverse and the introduction of Variants, making it quite possible that these characters and their stories while not part of the MCU’s Sacred Timeline, are still part of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. And, of course, a show’s status as canon or non-canon should have absolutely no bearing on the enjoyment of the fanbase.
Marvel’s Defenders Saga series are now available to stream on Disney Plus