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A Guide to: Marvel TV Shows – MCU-Verse

The MCU is the current Marvel Cinematic Universe which refers to the current continuity of Marvel movies which take place in a shared universe, including The Avengers, Ant-Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the upcoming Captain Marvel and more.

Along with these blockbuster movies, the shared universe also includes a variety of other Marvel produced shows, across various networks. It can be hard to keep track of all the different shows of the MCU, especially as they are across multiple networks and streaming services, as well as other Marvel shows are produced, which are separate from the MCU.

Here is a guide to every show that is tied to the MCU.

Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D (2013-Present)

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Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg, reprising his role from “The Avengers” and “Iron Man” ) heads an elite team of fellow agents with the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as SHIELD (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division), as they investigate strange occurrences around the globe. Its members — each of whom brings a specialty to the group — work with Coulson to protect those who cannot protect themselves from extraordinary and inconceivable threats, including a formidable group known as Hydra.

Total Episodes: 110 (so far)

This was the first show to be made that tied into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). On Freeform, formerly ABC Family.

This show requires a passing knowledge of the Marvel movies, primarily the first Avengers movie, which gives you the premise and the characters, especially Agent Coulson. Events in the show are impacted by the movies – ie. the fall of SHIELD in Winter Soldier. But detailed knowledge, nor having watched all the MCU movies is necessary to enjoy this show, especially the later movies and later seasons.

Side Note: I meet Brett Dalton at Supercon one year and I ADORE him.

Agent Carter (2015-2016)

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Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from the “Captain America” films) is an unstoppable secret agent for the Strategic Scientific Reserve, dedicated to fighting new atomic threats that have emerged after World War II. After working in New York, Peggy heads across the country to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. As Peggy explores the bright lights of Hollywood and discovers new friends — and perhaps a new romance — a sinister threat emerges that could impact everyone she is sworn to protect.

Total Episodes: 18

I LOVE this show, and I’m so angry it was cancelled, and especially that it ended with that cliffhanger. I do recommend this show though, you should watch at least the first Captain America movie, and maybe Iron Man 2 for context of Howard’s character.

Side Note: I met Haley Atwell at Supercon one year and she is SO AMAZING.

Daredevil (2015-Present)

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The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, “Daredevil” follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil to fight crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. While Murdock’s day job requires him to believe in the criminal justice system, his alter ego does not follow suit, leading him to take the law into his own hands to protect his Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities.

Total Episodes: 26 (so far)

Daredevil is the first of Netflix’s marvel shows. All of Netflix’s marvel shows tie into the MCU, but tie into each other far more than the MCU it seems. Passing knowledge of the MCU is good for watching these shows, but a lack of knowledge of the MCU won’t impact your enjoyment of these shows. Mostly the tie-in comes as references to events and throwaway lines, which are fun for fans but not detrimental for those who aren’t.

Jessica Jones (2015-Present)

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This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn’t in saving the world, it’s saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids.

Total Episodes: 26 (so far)

There is some tie-in from Daredevil to Jessica Jones, as the second netflix show. Mainly the prior knowledge required is Claire’s character.

Luke Cage (2016-Present)

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This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. After a failed relationship with fellow superhero Jessica Jones, Cage tries to rebuild a quiet life in Harlem, New York –until he is pulled out of the shadows and forced into a battle for his city. Along the way, Cage cannot avoid confronting his past, which he has worked hard to bury. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is the third show in the Netflix-original Defenders series.

Total Episodes: 26 (so far)

Luke Cage is a great show, but prior watching of Jessica Jones is immensely helpful as that is where his character is introduced.

Iron Fist (2017-Present)

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When Danny Rand was 10-years old, he survived a mysterious plane crash that claimed the lives of his extremely wealthy parents. Rescued by warrior monks, Danny grew up in the of city of K’un-Lun, where he endured harsh conditions, but also trained to be a fierce warrior. Years later, Danny returns home to New York, where he wants to reconnect with his past and take his rightful place at his family’s company, which is being run by his father’s former business partner. Danny hopes to restore his family legacy by defeating the people who threaten it.

Total Episodes: 13 (so far)

Watching the other Marvel Netflix shows isn’t as necessary here, but is probably a good idea.

The Punisher (2017-Present)

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After exacting revenge on the people responsible for the deaths of his wife and children, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known as the Punisher, he must dig deep into the conspiracy to discover the truth about injustices that affect more than just him and his family. Assisting the vigilante in his quest to fight criminals are best friend Billy Russo, who runs private military corporation Anvil, and former NSA analyst Micro, who shares common enemies with Castle and helps him as part of a so-called marriage of convenience.

Total Episodes: 13 (so far)

Punisher will not make a lot of sense without watching Daredevil season 2 first.

The Defenders (2017-Present)

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Four of Marvel’s biggest heroes are each working individually but have one common goal in mind — to save New York City. Burdened with their own personal challenges, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Danny Rand (Iron Fist) realize that they likely won’t be able to accomplish their goals working solo. That realization leads them to team up and form The Defenders, a supergroup that is more equipped to save the Big Apple than the heroes would be if they continued to work on their own.

Total Episodes: 8 (so far)

Watch all the other Defenders shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, especially Iron Fist) before watching this or you will be very lost.

Cloak and Dagger (2018-Present)

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The collapse of an oil rig in New Orleans owned by the company Roxxon causes two teenagers to become unlikely friends. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from vastly different backgrounds — Tandy, from a very wealthy upbringing, and Tyrone, a boy from Boston who has a stutter. As runaways, the two teens are targeted by drug cartels on the streets of New York City. When circumstances help form a tight bond between the couple, their developing abilities and feelings make things more complicated.

Total Episodes: 10 (so far)

Cloak and Dagger is not from Netflix, and while a part of the MCU, requires no knowledge of the MCU movies or any of the other shows to understand.

Runaways (2017-Present)

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There are times when pretty much every teenager thinks his or her parents are evil — but what if it was actually true? That’s the situation six Los Angeles teenagers find themselves in when they stumble upon a terrible secret and realize that their parents have been lying to them for their entire lives. The offspring begin an investigation to try to figure out what their guardians are after, while the adults wonder if their kids are hiding secrets of their own. The unlikely crew of teens bands together — led by de facto leader and primary strategist Alex Wilder — to stop their parents before it is too late. The Marvel series is from executive producer Josh Schwartz, whose resume of young-adult fare includes “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl.”

Total Episodes: 10 (so far)

Runaways is not from Netflix, and while a part of the MCU, requires no knowledge of the MCU movies or any of the other shows to understand.

Inhumans (2017)

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Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding head of the Inhuman royal family and King of Attilan, possesses a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After a military coup splinters the family, the group — which includes Black Bolt’s wife, Medusa; his brother and rival, Maximus; his cousins Karnak, Gorgon and Triton; and Medusa’s sister, Crystal — barely manages to escape to Hawaii, where surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.

Total Episodes: 8

Currently has no plans for a season 2. Inhumans is a spin-off of Agents of SHIELD, so while characters are not from SHIELD, the concept of Inhumans and the circumstances of the show are better understood by viewers of Agents of SHIELD.

New Warriors (2018-Present)

Marvel’s New Warriors, or simply New Warriors, is an upcoming American cable television series created by Kevin Biegel, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

Pilot set for fall 2018.

Marvel’s Damage Control

The show follows the overworked, underpaid, clean up crew of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who specialize in dealing with the aftermath of superhero conflicts, rescheduling events because of the conflicts, and retrieving lost items.

Has been in the works since 2015, no official release date yet.


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