After Loki attempted to conquer Earth in The Avengers, leaving much of Manhattan to be rebuilt, a squad of superheroes fought for justice on the streets. Protecting their neighborhoods from Marvel villains like Wilson Fisk, The Hand, Cottonmouth, Bushmaster, Jigsaw and Foolkiller – even if they don’t all go by those exact names – these “Defenders” risk their lives to keep New York from falling into the nefarious clutches of drug dealers, arms dealers and paranormal ninjas.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Marvel’s Daredevil, which premiered on April 10, 2015, and kicked off Netflix’s Marvel universe, in the process offering a more mature and violent take on a corner of the MCU, though the movies actually they never recognized that corner. Reckless, Jéssica Jones, luke cage, Iron fistY The Punisher they were dark, brooding, cloying dramas with heartbreaking action and stunning action choreography. They were often praised not only for highlighting non-Avenger-level heroes who probably wouldn’t get their own movie, or their own movie again, in Daredevil’s case, but also for their impeccably executed fight scenes.
As Disney and Netflix went from being partners to competitors, via the impending launch of Disney+, the Netflix/Marvel verse was unceremoniously canceled, with neither having a proper ending. Shortly thereafter, when it came to Marvel heroes on TV, the focus shifted entirely to creating streaming series through Marvel Studios for Disney+, with Marvel TV officially going out of business in the process. But now, five years after they started, we can still watch these shows on Netflix, reveling in the hard-hitting grit and grime of their fight scenes.
From skull-cracking carnage in hallways to prison mayhem and epic hero teams, these are the best fights from Netflix’s Marvel shows.
It should be noted here that most of these moments come from Recklesssince it was the series that changed the game the most when it came to fights and always managed to deliver on that front, season after season…
Reckless Season 1, episode 2:
Reckless, as Netflix’s first Marvel series, became an immediate must-watch thanks to the magnificent and jaw-dropping hallway fight in its second episode, in the process of creating a “hallway fight” template for all Marvel series. NetflixMarvel. Delivered as a three-minute “One Shot” fight to figure it all out in a dingy apartment hallway, vigilante Matt Murdock fights his way through a small squad of Russian mobsters to save a kidnapped boy. Matt had superhuman senses, but he was pretty human when it came to taking a beating, which is why we as fans felt every punch and kick here as our hero struggled to get thirty feet to a door.
Jéssica Jones Season 1, episode 12:
Jessica Jones contra Luke Cage
Unlike Daredevil, Jessica Jones had superhuman strength. Also unlike Recklessas a series, Jéssica Jones he was not known for his fight sequences. That’s why Jessica’s season 1 showdown with her ex-lover, Luke Cage, resonates so much. Under Kilgrave’s control, Luke sets out to kill Jessica, having discovered Jessica’s role in his own sister’s death. The fight doesn’t last long, but it was Netflix’s first showdown between two heroes who could, you know, lift cars and walk through walls.
Reckless Season 2, episode 3:
Matt Murdock had his hands full Reckless‘s second season when, while dealing with a ruthless one-man army in the form of Frank Castle, he had to fight his way through a battalion of angry bikers. This was the first example of the Marvel/Netflix-verse actively trying to outdo itself by taking Season 1’s “Hall Fight” to the next level. Matt’s skills were sharper, but his competition was tougher and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen had to claw, claw and whip a chain to get down a ferocious flight of stairs.
Reckless Season 2, episode 9:
Frank Castle Prison Fight
RecklessThe second season of offered not one, but two hall fights from hell. One turned out to be a bit more murderous than the other, as Frank Castle, in prison, quickly found himself betrayed by Wilson Fisk, for whom he had agreed to do a job. Frank, now locked up with gang members for blood, was forced to stab and beat to survive.
Hall fight in Midland Circle
RecklessThe two seasons of epic fights behind closed doors could culminate, in a way, when defenders – the uneasy alliance formed between Matt, Jessica, Luke and billionaire Danny Rand – found themselves targeted for death inside Midland Circle, also known as Hand Central Station. The quartet was able to crush their enemies while using their different rough and tumble fighting styles. Matt’s boxing, Danny’s martial arts, and Jessica and Luke’s power play all came in handy as they took on the Hand.
The Punisher Season 1, episode 13:
Frank Castle against Billy Russo
The only reason Billy Russo, Frank Castle’s former best friend, who knew that Frank’s family had been targeted for death, was able to escape this confrontation with only half his actual confrontation, was because of the bond. that the two men once shared. In The PunisherFrank’s season one finale was able to put names to his pain and the last one to cross off his list was Billy. The two met at the carousel where Frank’s wife and children were killed by a High Noon knockout that left Billy scarred and virtually brain dead.
luke cage Season 2, episode 10:
heroes for hire
defenders, as an eight-episode miniseries, was presented as Netflix’s Avengers-style team. But before this entire pocket universe of brave New York heroes was shut down for good, other spin-offs and miniseries were rumored. One was a possible offshoot of the Misty Knight/Colleen Wing “Daughters of the Dragon”. The other was a series of Heroes for Hire events with Luke Cage and Danny Rand recreating their iconic couple from the comics. We never got either one, though they were both teased as team-ups in the second season of Luke Cage. Misty and Colleen had a hilarious bar fight with some creeps, while in episode 10, Luke and Danny joined forces to take down a drug den. It was a great moment for both characters as Luke relaxed and Danny was, well, the least upset he’d been with to date.
Iron fist Season 2, episode 10:
Danny Rand & The Daughters of the Dragon vs. Steel Serpent & Typhoid Mary
Iron fistas a series, it finally felt like it was finding itself at the end of season 2 and the series as a whole had noticeably improved on the action front, after a noticeably subpar installment in season 1, especially compared to Reckless. Season 2 culminated in multi-front mayhem as Danny and Misty Knight (now with a cyborg arm) battled the deranged Typhoid Mary, while Colleen Wing went toe-to-toe, or fist-to-fist, with the Steel Serpent. Colleen managed to unleash her own version of the Iron Fist, when her glowing white hand collided with Davos’ traditional dangerous red punch. In the end, Davos was stripped of his power and Colleen agreed to continue as Iron Fist in adventures we’re unlikely to see.
Reckless Season 3, episode 4:
no one expected Reckless to try to top their previous single-shot “Hallways Fights” in its third season. But boy, did he do exactly that. Matt Murdock, out of costume, found himself in a situation similar to what Frank previously experienced. What it is: When you enter a prison that Wilson Fisk is in, or was in, that prison is controlled by Wilson Fisk. The one-shot showdown had now doubled in length, traversing multiple rooms and hallways, including breaks for dialogue scenes, and then brought in dozens of extras for prison riots. It was extraordinary. And it wasn’t even the only standout wrestling season in Season 3.
Reckless Season 3, episode 6:
Daredevil contra Benjamin Poindexter
Although Ben Pointexter’s character never donned the Bullseye costume in Reckless‘s Season 3, he still possessed all of Bullseye’s trademark deadly marksman skills. While donning Matt’s devil costume, in an attempt to frame Daredevil for murder, Dex and Matt gave us a tantalizing on-screen taste of one of the biggest and best rivalries in comics. Matt may have had an advantage up close, but he was ultimately overwhelmed and outmatched here when Dex turned every New York Bulletin office supply he could get his hands on into a piercing projectile.
Reckless Season 3, episode 13:
Daredevil contra Kingpin contra Bullseye
In a wild and tumultuous Triple Threat Match, Matt put it all on the line against the brute force of Wilson Fisk and the pulverizing precision of the proto-Bullseye. Matt successfully defeated New York’s secret king of crime while protecting Fisk’s wife, Vanessa, from Dex’s wrath. In the end, when the dust had settled, Wilson agreed to go back to prison while Dex, thanks to Wilson, ended up being humiliated and crippled, setting him up to fully assume the Bullseye persona in another tease for a future season that was not to be Regardless, the fight itself was a huge main event for the Marvel/Netflix-verse.
The Punisher Season 2, episode 1:
The PunisherThe second season of had a handful of great fight scenes, but the most memorable came quickly in the premiere, when Frank Castle, trying to live a life free of violence on the road, using an alias, found himself facing off against half a dozen. trained killers in a bar. Realizing they were here to eliminate a teenage girl, Frank went about his business and, as usual, left a trail of death and destruction in his wake.