In 2013, Marvel struck a deal with Netflix to provide the streaming service with four live-action series (starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage) that would culminate in a Defenders team-up mini-series. Like ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which debuted in 2013), the Netflix series would take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but would focus on street-level characters in New York City.
Daredevil debuted in April 2015 and was quickly renewed for a second season. Its first season focused on the Kingpin. Jessica Jones debuted in November 2015 and was renewed for a second season not long after. The second season of Daredevil, featuring the Punisher and Elektra, debuted in March 2016. In April, Netflix ordered a season of The Punisher, spinning out of Daredevil‘s second season. In July, Daredevil itself was renewed for a third season. Luke Cage debuted in September 2016.
The first season of Iron Fist is scheduled to debut on 17 March 2017. The Defenders, uniting the Marvel Netflix characters together, is scheduled for later in 2017. This will mark the end of Phase 1 for the Netflix characters.
The Punisher is also scheduled for 2017, presumably after The Defenders. A third season of Daredevil is scheduled for 2018, and a second season of Jessica Jones has been approved, although it won’t debut until at least 2018. As of this writing, Luke Cage has not yet been renewed for a second season (nor have Iron Fist, The Defenders, or The Punisher, none of which have yet debuted).