When Will 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Be On Netflix? There's Plenty of Marvelness To Tide You Over Until It Arrives
If it weren't for Jurassic World's absolutely bonkers box office showing, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron would be the top-grossing film domestically this year. As it stands, the film has still managed to place sixth all-time at the worldwide box office, netting a boastful $1.39 billion for Walt Disney Studios. So clearly, people liked the movie. And even though a ton of people saw Age of Ultron in theaters, there are some holdouts who prefer to watch the movie in the comfort of their living room; and still others who long to watch it again but are hard-pressed to find it still playing in a theater. Basically, fans of all stripes want to know when Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be on Netflix.
Unfortunately, Netflix isn't really in the business of announcing movies way in advance unless they're the ones producing them. Now, Netflix did sign a monster licensing deal with Disney in 2012 granting them first window access to exclusively show Disney films (including Marvel movies) just a few months after they end their theater run. But here's the kicker: the deal doesn't go into effect until next year, meaning that movies released in 2015 aren't part of plan. That doesn't mean that Netflix won't ever get Age of Ultron, as they almost definitely will. It just means that they'll have to wait longer than they would have to if the movie came out in 2016. It took well over a year after the first Avengers hit theaters for it to show up on Netflix, so fans should probably expect the same for Age of Ultron, which would put it around next summer — say, July 2016. And if that feels like a long time, don't worry. Netflix has a ton of Marvel content to keep fans satisfied until then, so here's all the Marvel goodness you can stream right now on Netflix.
Probably the best superhero TV show of all time, Daredevil is the first of five planned live action Marvel superhero shows exclusively on Netflix. The next one, AKA Jessica Jones , debuts later this year.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Your other place on Netflix to keep pace with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is this ABC show. Both seasons are ready for streaming, with Netflix adding the second season very soon after it aired.
Avengers Assemble / Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Two animated series from Disney XD can give you your Avengers fix, if that's what you're craving. Earth's Mightiest Heroes ran two seasons before being replaced by Assemble, and you'll probably like one more than the other depending on your tastes. Earth's Mightiest Heroes is more based in the comics, while Assemble is heavily influenced by the movies.
Two computer animated movies featuring Iron Man team ups: One with Hulk, and one with Captain America. If you like Iron Man, and seeing him crack wise with other heroes, these are decent choices.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Speaking of Iron Man, this French produced cartoon originally aired on Nicktoons in the U.S. to coincide with the first Iron Man movie. It's interesting to note the differences between this and the slick, merchandise-ready, Disney-produced Marvel cartoons that would follow. A quirky entry.
Ultimate Spider-Man / Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
These two cartoons are part of Disney XD's Marvel super hero block alongside Avengers Assemble. Even though Spidey and Hulk are each the main focus of their respective series, both shows showcase super hero teams. Spidey fights crime with Nova, Iron Fist, Power Man, and White Tiger; while Hulk has Red Hulk, Skaar, She-Hulk, and A-Bomb.
Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers
If you like your animation a little more "adult", this animated comic about everyone's favorite Norse brothers carries a TV-MA rating. Blood brothers indeed.
Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends
This hilariously bad '80s cartoon featured Spidey oddly teaming up with friends that weren't that amazing: Iceman from the X-Men, and Firestar, who was created for the show. Amazing!
Wolverine And The X-Men / X-Men Evolution
Two X-Men cartoons of varying levels of success, though neither come close to X-Men: The Animated Series from the '90s, which unfortunately was dumped from Netflix years ago (I was halfway through Season 2 at the time), but is streaming on Hulu!
Super Hero Squad Show / Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload
If you prefer your Marvel heroes in parody form, you can't really go wrong with either of these options. Both feature silly, toy-based animation and simple gags, and are about as far as you can get from Daredevil if that show's dark tone has got you down.
So fear not, true believers, there's more than enough Marvel content to wade through until Age of Ultron makes its way to Netflix. Excelsior!
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