“At this moment, the Marvel Cinematic Universe includes two phases, 12 films – spanning from 2008’s Iron Man to 2015’s Ant-Man – and four television series, which can further be broken down to the two TV shows on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, and the two on Netflix: Daredevil and Jessica Jones. In terms of its film slate, Marvel Studios has movies planned through 2019 (and dates scheduled through 2020), with Captain America: Civil War officially kicking off Phase 3. Meanwhile, ABC also has a handful of new shows in development that would join the MCU.
One of the more exciting corners of the MCU is Marvel and Netflix’s burgeoning New York City-based Defenders universe. The streaming service recently debuted the second season of Daredevil, the first season of the Luke Cagestandalone series is set to premiere later this year, the star of the Iron Fist series was recently cast, and a second season of Jessica Jones is headed our way. With its focus on street-level crime and a more serious tone, the Defenders universe is a distinctively more adult corner of the MCU.
Season 2 of Daredevil hasn’t quite lived up to the critically acclaimed precedent set by season 1, but the show added two key characters to its roster: Frank Castle a.k.a. the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung) – the latter of whom had ties to the mystical organization, the Hand. Although TV doesn’t follow the exact same ratings system as movies, the additions of the Punisher and Elektra, along with the larger focus on the Hand, definitely helped Daredevil season 2 earn it’s TV-MA rating. In fact, Daredevilseason 2 demonstrated that the MCU doesn’t need R-rated movies at all…”