The MCU had largely been confined to the big screen and ABC Studios (Marvels Agents of Shield and Agent Carter) which was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed both those shows but they really lived up to the soft touch Marvel cliche. Enter Netflix.

Netflix has breathed much more than new life into the MCU with their far more gritty approach to story telling. They aren’t afraid to tell the darker side of these Heros stories, show you what actually shaped their lives and put them on their individual paths.

We highly recommend you take the time and watch all of these Netflix Originals.

Here is what Netflix have for your non-cinematic MCU needs:

Daredevil (88% Average Tomatometer and liked by 95% of audiences)

It’s time to let the devil out. Daredevil is here to clean up the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Lawyer by day, street-level hero by night with extraordinary senses in this adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Daredevil, Matt Murdock is on a mission to make his city a better place against an underground terror within the city.

Jessica Jones (88% Average Tomatometer and liked by 85% of audiences)

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero stint, A PTSD-stricken Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in Hells Kitchen. After her encounter with Kilgrave, Jones begins to put her life back together, taking on a new case that makes her reluctantly confront her past and who she really is.

Luke Cage (89% Average Tomatometer and liked by 76% of audiences)

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, a street-fighting ex-con battles crime on the streets of Harlem as the Super Hero, Luke Cage (Mike Colter). Trying to rebuild his life as a fugitive, Luke must confront his past, clear his name and fight a battle for the heart of his city that will force him to blur the line between hero and villain. Look out for season 2 episodes releasing on 22 June.

Iron Fist (18% Average Tomatometer but liked by 76% of audiences)

Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, billionaire New Yorker Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City, after a long stint in Asia studying kung fu, determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. Now streaming exclusively on Netflix.

Watched all of those shows? Great job. This next one from the MCU helps bring these stories & characters together.

The Defenders (77% and certified FRESH)

Don’t call it a team-up. Marvel’s The Defenders focuses on four heroes that come together as an ancient, powerful group threatens all of New York City. Set a few months after the second season of Daredevil,and a month after the first season of Iron Fist, the vigilantes DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy, the Hand.

The Punisher (64% Average Tomatometer but loved by 93% of audiences)

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

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