Here is our ranking of the top Marvel TV programs available on Netflix and Disney Plus. Where is your preferred? Which one is the MCU’s top priority?
Present-day Marvel TV shows have production values that are almost identical to those of the films. Which, though, are the best? Have no fear. Space.com is here to help you plan your viewing by ranking the Marvel TV series from worst to best.
Over the past few years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has taken us on a rollercoaster ride, and things don’t appear to be slowing down. Yelena Belova, Natasha Romanoff’s sister, has been introduced as a pivotal character, the immortal Eternals’ existence has now been made known, and even the events of the previous Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man films have been declared canon. I guess, sort of. Check out our Marvel movies in chronological order if you need help understanding all 27 MCU films, or perhaps you’d like to see which 11 films made it to our list of the top 11 Marvel films.
Even though the Marvel movie journey has been turbulent, the value of the TV series cannot be understated. For this list, we considered both Netflix and Disney Plus shows. The ones deemed official canon contains shocking information, fresh faces, and scenes that directly influence upcoming motion pictures.
Release date: April 10, 2015
Daredevil takes a beating in some comic storylines, and Netflix’s series followed that strategy. We’re not saying that Charlie Cox’s decision to remove his shirt regularly was a justification for giving Matt Murdock serious wounds to treat.
Daredevil’s violence is a means, not an end, and the script is well written with a variety of excellent performances, not least of which is D’Onofrio’s outstanding performance as Wilson Fisk. Even though the fight scenes are amazing, the show’s quieter moments remain smooth because of its compelling characters. Marvel for adults done right.
Release date: June 9, 2021
Given how he appeared to alternate between roles of villain and hero at random, it was perhaps inevitable that the MCU version of the God of Mischief would end up with his show. This fan-favorite character was given room to develop into a more aware, clearly defined version of himself on Disney+.
Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie gives Loki new insight into his life. He is forced to face who he is and what he has done during his travels through time, space, and fan service, and as a result, he becomes a better person. Well, it appears that way…
Release date: March 30, 2022
Marvel likely believed they had struck gold with this one with leads like Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke from True Detective Season 1. (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson made movie actors turn to limited TV a thing). However, despite having two stars, this tone-confusing series remained in the middle of episodes, relying on trippy sequences to reveal crucial character moments. (Although it’s never an excellent cinematic convention, WandaVision did it much better.)
Nevertheless, the show introduced a new Arab superhero (Layla’s Scarlet Scarab), some inventive cut-to-black fight scenes, and some neurodiversity to the MCU (Isaac’s Steven/Marc has a form of Dissociative Identity Disorder). Given its comic book roots, it didn’t quite live up to the dark and violent entry we wanted and anticipated, but it’s still a good series. Best for: a wet London layover day.
Release date: August 11, 2021
Although the MCU never strictly adheres to the events of the Marvel comics, since all of its films and TV shows are set in the same shared universe, there are only so many limits that anyone can push. This is a rare instance.
Each What If…? episode investigates an exciting alternate reality. It is loosely based on the comic book series of the same name. Instead of Steve Rogers, we get a superpowered Peggy Carter! Zombies! T’Challa as Star-Lord! Thanks to the sharp writing and numerous actors returning from the big screen, it’s a new and exciting take on the characters.
Release date: January 15, 2021
It is difficult to accept that a show is a part of the Marvel canon when it takes so many artistic risks. WandaVision is incredibly creative and challenging to forget. Both Olsen and Bettany deliver the best MCU performances they have yet given. The unstoppable Hahn, however, ruthlessly steals every scene she is in.
By the time the final credits roll, we’ve been on an undeniably fascinating journey with important implications for the MCU’s future, even though the last episode felt rushed and a little underwhelming and fell short of the caliber of the numerous fan theories that came before it.
Release date: November 24, 2021
A significant, if somewhat underwhelming, addition to the MCU. It sounds pretty exciting on paper. We now introduce Kate Bishop! Yelena’s story continued after the events of Black Widow! Two new MCU antagonists, one of whom transitions from Netflix…
It’s dumb fun if you can shut off your brain and ignore the countless plot holes and contradictions. There’s always a funny joke or silly action scene waiting to happen. It works well as Kate Bishop’s backstory before she makes her inevitable debut in a movie. Although it wasn’t perfect, it was still worth watching.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Release date: March 19, 2021
Sam Wilson receiving the shield from Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame was a surprising and, in some ways, puzzling choice. This show dispels all remaining skepticism and shows Sam was the right choice.
Throughout, Mackie and Stan deliver outstanding performances that support the development of their characters. This movie has it all: top-notch action scenes, a chilly romance between Sam and Bucky that gradually warms up, new MCU characters, old favorites returning, and an insightful and timely social commentary. We were so impressed that we forgot about the ridiculous name “Flag Smashers.”
Release date: June 8, 2022
As the next major supervillain in the MCU, Kang the Conqueror has our attention. But in the interim, Marvel has already introduced us to many fresh superheroes, Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, being one of the most welcome. Being an outsider (she is a Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, as opposed to the white New York-based superheroes we are used to), and standing up for what is right even when it’s the more challenging decision to make, are two things that we love about many of the vigilante crime-fighters we have seen before. Aside from Spider-Man, Kamala is the only teenage superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
For most of the first six episodes of the season, the show has humorous moments and a bubbly, contemporary tone (see: the fun texting sequence between Kamala and her best friend Bruno). The season 1 finale of Ms. Marvel makes the show a must-see for any true Marvel fan. We’re eager to see more of Kamala in The Marvels. At the same time, the middle episodes revert to more formulaic action sequences and standard MCU fare.
Release date: November 17, 2017
Just picture Jon Bernthal’s joy at being chosen to play Marvel’s most ruthless, implacable anti-hero. Finally, general audiences wouldn’t recognize him as “that guy who appeared in The Walking Dead for a few seasons.” Fortunately for him, the series was also quite good.
The Frank Castle on Netflix isn’t quite like the one in the comics. However, compared to most movie adaptations, his complex and action-packed story is much more successful. Bernthal gives a superb performance, and the moral dilemma that most of his actions occupy is explored rather than celebrated. Hopefully, this dark, merciless vigilante is not gone for good.
Release date: August 18, 2017
Who said that superhero teams were reserved for movies? For this series, which was slow to start but gave each hero a chance to shine, Netflix had Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist guest on each other’s shows. Even Iron Fist, yes.
Once things get going, they don’t stop, with Iron Fist and Luke Cage bouncing off one another admirably well and a deeper exploration of the threat posed by The Hand, led by Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra. We would have liked to see what the team did after this season, so it’s a shame that it only lasted one.