The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a smash success in cinemas with them setting the precedent for several wannabe copycats throughout the Hollywood landscape.
The idea of film characters connected by the same cinematic tissue was a groundbreaking one that transposed the formula comic books have been using for decades yet brought the concept excitingly to the big screen. How does that same formula work if stories from the small screen also joined the party?
Announced after the ground-shaking success of 2012’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel started a series of TV shows that would link up and intertwine with the big screen outings. Sadly, that hasn’t panned out as planned with the ABC shows failing to really do anything significant for its celluloid brethren. The Marvel/Netflix collaborations - asides from the sly Easter Egg or two - basically operate under their own umbrella too.
Still, even if that ambitious mandate has failed, it has lead to a handful of incredible shows that flourished when given the ability to operate on their own. There’s also been a handful of baffling stinkers as well though.
It all boils down to an opportune time to sift through this large bag of product and separate the wheat from the chaff in a ranking list - season by season.