The best Marvel movies and TV shows on Netflix
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 MCU movies available on the platform, and the Marvel Netflix original shows 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!
Note: Disney’s contract with Netflix ends in 2019. We’ll keep this list updated with the latest Marvel Netflix shows and movies, but starting late 2019 Marvel movies will only be available on Disney Plus.
Best Marvel Movies on Netflix
1. Avengers: Infinity War
We kick off our list of the best Marvel Netflix movies with the mega box office hit Avengers: Infinity War. If you haven’t already seen it somehow, it’s the ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and once again it has the Avengers teaming up to fight off a powerful enemy.
This time, that enemy is Thanos, and his goal is to wipe out half of the population of the universe with the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet. This is the first of two films to tell the story, with the follow up Avengers: Endgame coming out in 2019. If you like Marvel movies it’s a must watch, and it’s available on Netflix right now.
2. Black Panther
Next up on our list is the first Marvel movie with a predominantly black cast. Black Panther is about T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), who is the king of a reclusive kingdom in Africa known as Wakanda. There, exclusive access to a mineral called vibranium has allowed them to achieve technological advances unheard of on the rest of the planet.
When his rule is threatened by a bloodthirsty rival, he’ll have to use the supernatural abilities passed down through generations of Wakandan kings to prevent worldwide destruction. A sequel to Black Panther is slated for release in 2022, but you can stream this Marvel movie on Netflix by clicking below.
3. Thor: Ragnarok
This 2017 film is the third Thor movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It once again stars Chris Hemsworth as the Norse God of thunder, alongside his trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). It also sees the return of Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, and Jeff Goldblum playing a flamboyant Goldblum-like ruler of an alien planet.
The main conflict of Thor: Ragnarok is between Thor and his all-powerful sister Hela (Cate Blanchett), who returns to claim the Asgardian throne after the death of their father. When she awakens an undead army beneath the city, it’s up to him to save Asgard and the universe from her wrath.
4. 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 Netflix Shows
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 should remain 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 Danny Rand as a white instead of Asian American (although he’s white in the comics), 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 will soon be moving over to the new Disney Plus service, so there isn’t much time left to enjoy them on Netflix!