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Netflix Marvel shows are now officially canon to the MCU

by Sean P. Aune | January 10, 2024January 10, 2024 2:25 pm EST

It’s official: The Netflix Marvel shows are considered canon to the MCU.


When Netflix launched its own Marvel shows, beginning with Daredevil in 2015, the shows made some references to the happenings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they never crossed over with one another. Confusion continued for years about their status, but things got even more puzzling once Daredevil appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Then Kingpin appeared in Hawkeye, and he didn’t seem like exactly the same character, puzzling people even further.

With the release of Echo, everything is now much clearer: The Netflix series are canon to the MCU.

This means Daredevil seasons 1 – 3, Jessica Jones seasons 1 & 2, Luke Cage seasons 1 & 2, Iron Fist seasons 1 & 2, Defenders season 1, and The Punisher seasons 1 & 2. All told, that’s 12 more seasons of TV for you to add to the MCU if you’re doing a rewatch.

Here is how the timeline now works out up through The Punisher.

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Iron Man
  4. Iron Man 2
  5. The Incredible Hulk
  6. Thor
  7. The Avengers
  8. Thor: The Dark World
  9. Iron Man 3
  10. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy
  12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  13. I Am Groot
  14. Daredevil
  15. Jessica Jones
  16. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  17. Ant-Man
  18. Luke Cage
  19. Iron Fist
  20. Defenders
  21. Captain America: Civil War
  22. Black Widow
  23. Black Panther
  24. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  25. The Punisher

For live-action TV, this now leaves Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Inhumans as the oddballs out without indicating they are canon. While Anson Mount appeared as Black Bolt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, that does not mean the TV series is now canon.

With these new additions to the overall MCU, now comes the question of where these heroes were during any of the major events we’ve seen over the years. Perhaps we will get some flashbacks in the years to come.


Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing