13. Luke Cage
Luke Cage was the third of the Marvel shows produced for Netflix on the road to The Defenders and it was hoped that it would follow in the footsteps of the critically and commercially successful Daredevil and Jessica Jones. For the most part, it succeeded on that front, producing another solid entry in a shared universe that was flourishing at the time.
Mike Colter played the titular character and he was fantastic in the role. That character had incredibly tough skin and superhuman strength, so he decided to use that to clear his name and protect Harlem. It made for a compelling tale, and the show differentiated itself from its predecessors well, with Luke's attempt to escape his past as a convict giving him a strong motivation.
The series delivered on what it promised, introducing Luke Cage with a bigger bang than even he made when he burst through all those walls and doors. It did struggle with some pacing issues and occasionally got bogged down with a slightly bloated narrative, but all in all, it was another engaging installment in the Marvel Netflix saga that could have found a much stronger footing if it had been allowed to continue for that originally-planned third season.
12. What If...?
While this list has only featured live-action shows up until this point, we are going to make an exception for What If...? since it is produced by Marvel Studios for the Disney Plus streaming service. It's also technically a part of the MCU, as - like the comic series it is based on - it reimagines events that went down on the screen if they had panned out a bit differently.
The first season was a solid outing, introducing us to delightful new versions of beloved old characters such as Captain Carter and Doctor Strange Supreme, before bringing all of the stories together in the finale. However, its second season elevated the show to new heights, placing more of a focus on its characters. Captain Carter played more of a role while new original Mohawk superhero Kahhori was praised for an incredible debut episode that marked a huge step forward for Mohawk representation.
What If...? has all the potential in the world and it started fulfilling it in season 2. We can't wait to see where the upcoming third season takes it next.