Working out how to watch the Defenders Saga in order isn’t quite as easy as it seems. Daredevil, The Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist are all interlinked, so watching them one by one just isn’t the right way of doing things. Plus, these shows used to call Netflix home, but now stream on Disney Plus under a new name: the Defenders Saga. While the shows aren’t strictly part of the MCU, some of the characters have recently crossed over into the mainline Marvel universe, so there’s never been a better time to catch up on the shows.
To do that, though, you need to watch in a very specific order – but we’ve got you covered. Scroll on to find out exactly how to watch the Defenders Saga in order.
Note: All the shows are set after The Avengers and reference the events of that movie. Figuring out how to slot the shows into an MCU marathon isn’t easy, though, and the references trail off as the Netflix shows continue. If you do want to see how they fit into the wider Marvel universe, check out our guide to the Marvel timeline.
How to watch The Defenders Saga in order
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders were formerly known as “Marvel’s Netflix shows” but that description is hardly fitting now they are on Disney Plus. The watch order starts with Daredevil, the very first show released back in 2015, and culminates in Jessica Jones season 3, which ended Marvel and Netflix’s partnership in 2019.
This order (release) is also the chronological order to watch the series in, and watching in any other order will make The Defenders extremely confusing as that has significant impact on the other shows, particularly Daredevil.
- Daredevil season 1
- Jessica Jones season 1
- Daredevil season 2
- Luke Cage season 1
- Iron Fist season 1
- The Defenders
- The Punisher season 1
- Jessica Jones season 2
- Luke Cage season 2
- Iron Fist season 2
- Daredevil season 3
- The Punisher season 2
- Jessica Jones season 3
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (non-Defenders Saga movie)
- Hawkeye (non-Defenders Saga show)
Those last two may seem a little bit out of place, but – mild spoilers – they both feature appearances from characters from The Defenders Saga. So, if you’re going to do a major watch of all the shows, then be sure to check out Spider-Man: No Way Home (annoyingly not on Disney Plus) and the Hawkeye series (on Disney Plus).
Want to watch the Marvel movies after making your way through the Defenders Saga? Here’s our guide on how to watch the Marvel movies in order.