The Complete Guide to Comic Book Shows & Movies on Netflix

So you have a Netflix account and you love comic books. Netflix has built up a pretty respectable amount of comic book movies and animated superhero shows, but it’s not always super easy to answer the all-consuming question: Where do I start?

Here’s the current Netflix Instant streaming list (updated June 29, 2015 – HUGE THANKS TO ANT-FAN in the comments!), along with some tips and pointers on how to handle some of the better animated series soon to be removed from Instant streaming:

When I first created this Netflix guide in the summer of 2013, I spent a good deal of time covering the impending removal of The Incredible Hulk (1996-1997, 2 seasons), X-Men (1992-1996, 5 seasons), & Spider-Man (1994-1998, 5 Seasons) from Netflix Instant.

As you’ll notice, all those shows are now gone, and this highlights an important part of Netflix Instant – Netflix can cycle out entire TV series during your subscription, with minimal warning. I’ve seen this happen recently with the Robert Downey Jr. led Iron Man movies, and that’s far from the first and only instance.

So with that in mind, here are the Netflix comic book movies and tv shows that are currently available for instant streaming, updated for the summer of 2015. Keep an eye on your instant queue for any changes in availability.

Marvel TV Series

The Incredible Hulk (TV series)
Try not to make fun of the Hulk’s hair, ok? You wouldn’t like him when he’s… PERM! He’s got a perm!

The Incredible Hulk

Seasons: 5

Years: 1978-1983

Odds & Sods: In the 2008, Edward Norton led Hulk film, Lou Ferrigno makes a cameo as a security guard and Norton sends a letter at the end of the film signed “David Banner,” in homage to this series.

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends

Seasons: 3

Years: 1981 – 1983

Important Comic Connections: Firestar was originally created for this animated series, primarily due to licensing issues with the Human Torch. She has since appeared in Marvel Comics, at one point as an Avenger. Her official debut is Uncanny X-Men #193, as a member of the Hellions..

Odds & Sods: The series originally aired during NBC’s Saturday morning cartoons, and was lumped together as The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man.

X-Men: Evolution

Seasons: 1 (only first season now available)

Years: 2000

Important Comic Connections: X-23, the current femme-Wolverine in the Marvel Universe, actually originated in this animated series and was then introduced in the comics.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

Seasons: 2

Years: 2009-2011

Odds & Sods: Recasts Tony Stark as a teenager. I know. No, really, I hear you, I know. It’s an interesting What If? though.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Season: 2

Years: 2010-2012

Important Comic Connections: Storylines in this series connect heavily to comic events like Civil War & Secret Invasion.

Ultimate Spider-Man

Seasons: 2

Years: 2012 – 2013

Important Comic Connections: Jeph Loeb (executive producer), Brian Michael Bendis (consulting producer), Paul Dini (consulting producer), many others.

Odds & Sods: Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh fame, is the voice of Ultimate Spider-Man. Stan Lee is a recurring character on the show, playing the custodian of Midtown High.

Ultimate Spider-Man is Marvel’s “we are now owned by Disney!” follow-up to the (spectacular) Spectacular Spider-Man.

It scales quite a bit younger (think Spider-Man inhabiting Spongebob’s world), but there are still a lot of the elements that made Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man so thrilling. With of course, lots of liberties – this is a new Spidey-verse, where Harry Osborne becomes a different bad guy, SHIELD has Spidey as an agent, he goes to school with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nova, and White Tiger… it’s not your Ditko’s spidey.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Seasons: 2 (thus far)

Years: 2013-

Based in the MCU, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents such as Phil Coulson (Yes he’s alive) and Melinda May take on various cases, it’s pretty interesting that the series follows the effects of the MCU itself (See: Captain America:Winter Solider) If you can get through the first season, you’re in for a treat.

Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

Seasons: 1 (2 seasons in actuality)

Years: 2013-

Following the events of 2012’s Avengers, this cartoon is stuffed with more avengers, like Falcon, and Ant-Man. It also sorta-kinda follows the happenings of the MCU.

Hulk & The Agents of S.M.A.S.H

Seasons: 1 (Season 2 available July 28th)

Years: 2013

Not one, not two, not three, not four, but five, five hulks. I’m not sure what threat out there needs five Hulks to stop them, but hey, who knows.

Daredevil

Seasons: 1

Years: 2015

The first Netflix exclusive Marvel series is a must watch. It’s dark, epic, and gruesome all at the same time. It’s only a matter of time before Netflix takes over the world.

Also, Netflix is currently making Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist TV series’ as well. They will also develop The Defenders spin-off. (See:above, TAKING OVER THE WORLD!)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Seasons: 6

Years: 2008-2014

This show used to be on Cartoon Network a long, long time ago (See what I did there?) It got revived for its sixth season on Netflix, and it’s not bad.

Marvel Movies

Iron Man in Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
Iron Man in Iron Man: Armored Adventures. (Photo credit: Wikipedi

Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers

Type: Motion Comic

Rating: TV-MA

Year: 2011

A slightly modified take on motion comics. Honestly it’s one of the best renderings of Loki out there, much more faithful to what makes the character so compelling than The Avengers film.

 Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

Type: Animated

Rating: PG

Year: 2013

Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United

Type: Animated

Rating: PG

Year: 2014

Lego Marvel: Maximum Overlode

Type: Animated Legoes (see also: the coolest)

Rating: TV-Y7

Year: 2013

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (not to be confused with the series)

Type: Animated

Rating: PG

Year: 2008

DC TV Shows

Justice League & Justice League: Unlimited

Seasons: 4

Years: 2001 – 2005

Important Comic Connections:Justice League Unlimited marks the conclusion to the DC Animated Universe, a generally connected set of continuity started by Bruce Timm & Paul Dini with 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series.

Odds & Sods: Batman is left-handed in this series.

Young Justice

Seasons: 1

Years: 2010

Arrow

Seasons: 2

Years: 2012-

I LOVE this CW series, and season 2 is now on Netflix, with season 3 finished up on TV, it should head to Netflix sometime this fall. and can’t wait for season 2 to find its way onto Netflix. In my opinion, it’s the best live action comic book TV show we’ve ever had. Yes, there’s some CW romance you may find cheesy, but there’s also a ton of easter eggs for fans of DC’s Oliver Queen.

DC Movies

 

Batman

Type: Live Action

Rating: PG-13

Year: 1989

21 Replies to “The Complete Guide to Comic Book Shows & Movies on Netflix”

  1. Thanks for writing this up. Good read. As a kid (39 yrs old) I used to be fascinated by animated comic book heroes. These movies (animated and live action) have me interested in comic books now. I appreciate your site; especially the Marvel Reading Order. Found you through Comic Rack site. Thanks again. : )

    BTW, since Netflix is in with Disney, we’ll probably get a lot more content.

    1. Thanks! Really glad you dig the site.

      Agree, there should be a pretty good influx of Disney/Marvel content moving forward. If I can get Batman: The Animated Series on top of that, I’ll be a pretty happy dude. Also, a pretty stationary dude, but hey, win some lose some.

      1. Batman: The Animated Series is my favorite. My wife even likes that one. : ) I would say The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is also very good. More adult oriented.

        Cheers.

        1. Woah, if even the wife approves, I’m gonna have to get moving on that (The show… not your wife… Oh jeez).

          I watched most of the first season of Avengers: EMH and really enjoyed it. Thought they did a nice faithful adaptation of a lot of the comics, and it really hit that all ages level fairly well. I’ve been saving season 2 for some time, need to make room in the rotation for sure.

          1. Yeah, I am surprised she watches Justice League: Unlimited sometimes as well.

            Yeah, they were spot on with Avengers: EMH as far as adaptation of comics, etc. I just started season two and it’s pretty good. Can’t wait to see what other releases will come out.

  2. This post is exactly what I’ve been needing! One of the only things Amazon Prime’s Instant View has going for it over Netflix is a whole category unto animated features and series (rather than splitting them between “children’s” and “action/adventure.”

    I don’t need any more reasons to sit on my computer extensively, but this list will help me prioritize my streaming queue rather than just re-watching Avengers: EMH. I keep finding that animated features are much better written than their live action counterparts, so I hope they continue in the trend of putting good voice acting, motion, and music to already-good comic books rather than dumbing everything down to sell more merch.

    1. Glad it’s helpful! Definitely agree, there are some great animated features on here. DC in particular has had a lot more success on the animated side of the ball.

  3. Very Nice list! One quick correction, Batman Under the Red Hood comic book storyline (and movie) were written by Judd Winick, not Jeph Loeb.

  4. June 2014
    UPDATE:

    TV shows:
    Added:
    -Green Lantern: The Animated Series
    -Arrow
    -The Incredible Hulk (1996)
    -Astonishing X-Men (2011)

    Removed:
    -Spider-Man (1981)
    -Super Hero Squad Show
    -Superman Cartoons

    Changes:
    -X-Men Evolution: only 1 season remains
    -Spider-Man Unlimited: There are now 2 seasons

  5. June 2014
    UPDATE

    Movies:
    Added:
    -Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
    -Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
    -LEGO Marvel: Maximum Overlode (22 minute featurette)

    Removed:
    -Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous
    -Thor
    -Captain America: The First Avenger
    -Batman: The Movie
    -Batman: Under the Red Hood
    -Batman: Year One
    -Superman/Shazam: Return of Black Adam
    -Superman vs. The Elite
    -All-Star Superman
    -Justice League: Doom

  6. There’s some other comics-related documentaries on there as well, like Comic Book Men, Comic Store Heroes, With Great Power (Stan Lee story), and another 3-part history of comics documentary that I can’t recall the title at the moment.

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