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"They're the greatest stories ever told. Heroes show us we don't need to be perfect to do what's right. It's not about living without fear, but facing injustice. It's not about being powerful, but finding your calling when you least expect it. They show us it's okay to be vulnerable, no matter how tough you are, because, even though they're heroes, they're still human."
Stan Lee[src]

The Defenders Saga, also called Street-Level Heroes and Marvel Knights,[1] is a group of Marvel Television series originally released on Netflix, focused on the New York City vigilantes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It began with season one of Daredevil and concluded with season three of Jessica Jones.

A standalone sequel to the first series of the saga, Daredevil, is titled Daredevil: Born Again and set to premiere in 2025.

Television Series[]

Daredevil (2015-2018)[]

Season One (2015)[]

Marvel's Daredevil is a live action series that follows the journey of attorney Matt Murdock, who in a tragic accident was blinded as a boy but imbued with extraordinary senses. Murdock sets up practice in his old neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, New York where he now fights against injustice as a respected lawyer by day and masked vigilante at night.

Season Two (2016)[]

Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell's Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.

Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as the Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt's neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell's Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.

Season Three (2018)[]

Missing for months, Matt Murdock reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world or embracing his destiny as a hero.

Jessica Jones (2015-2019)[]

Season One (2015)[]

Ever since her short-lived stint as a superhero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check.

Season Two (2018)[]

New York City private investigator Jessica Jones is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.

Season Three (2019)[]

When Jessica crosses paths with a highly intelligent psychopath, she and Trish must repair their fractured relationship and team up to take him down. But a devastating loss reveals their conflicting ideas of heroism and sets them on a collision course that will forever change them both.

Luke Cage (2016-2018)[]

Season One (2016)[]

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern-day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city--forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

Season Two (2018)[]

After clearing his name, Luke Cage has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can't save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Iron Fist (2017-2018)[]

Season One (2017)[]

After his family meets a tragic fate while on expedition in China, a young Rand is adopted by the people of the mystical lost city of K'un-Lun, where he's taught a magical fighting style.

Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Season Two (2018)[]

Iron Fist Season 2 features Danny Rand as he fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Season 2 furthers the transformation of Danny, a character with a fish out of water coming of age story making his way in a harsh new world, battling to work out who he is. This season, Danny has promised that with Matt Murdock gone, he will step up and protect his city. But a sinister plot twist threatens his very identity and he must conquer his villains to protect the town and people he holds close to his heart.

The Defenders (2017)[]

Season One (2017)[]

Marvel's The Defenders follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.

The Punisher (2017-2019)[]

Season One (2017)[]

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the deaths of his family, Frank Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as the Punisher, and legally dead, he must discover the truth about injustices and make uneasy alliances, in order to finally end the war that has controlled his life for too long.

Season Two (2019)[]

Former Marine-turned-vigilante Frank Castle has been living a quiet life on the road until he suddenly becomes embroiled in the attempted murder of a young girl. As he is drawn into the mystery surrounding her and those in pursuit of the information she holds, Castle attracts a new target on his back as new and old enemies force him to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace life as the Punisher.


The five series were produced concurrently with one another, with the thirteen individual seasons being released in the following order:

  • Daredevil season one (March 2015)
  • Jessica Jones season one (November 2015)
  • Daredevil season two (March 2016)
  • Luke Cage season one (September 2016)
  • Iron Fist season one (March 2017)
  • The Defenders (August 2017)
  • The Punisher season one (November 2017)
  • Jessica Jones season two (March 2018)
  • Luke Cage season two (June 2018)
  • Iron Fist season two (September 2018)
  • Daredevil season three (October 2018)
  • The Punisher season two (January 2019)
  • Jessica Jones season three (June 2019)

Behind the Scenes[]

In November 2013, Netflix and Marvel Television announced a five-season deal for four Marvel characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The deal involved the broadcast of four 13-episode seasons that culminated in a mini-series called The Defenders. Broadcasting began on April 10, 2015, with Daredevil.[2]

In April 2016, Netflix announced that a sixth series, The Punisher, was in development.[3]

Netflix cancelled all Marvel Cinematic Universe series on their streaming service between October 2018 and February 2019. The shows were removed from their service on March 1st, 2022 after the distribution rights returned to Disney.[4] They were all later made available on Disney+ on March 16, 2022.[5] Following the release of Echo on January 9, 2024, the shows were added to the Disney+ timeline.[6]


External Links[]

The Defenders Saga
TV Series