14 Things That Happen In Every Marvel TV Show

The Marvel Netflix universe is a gift from the heavens. It's different from the MCU, which gives us variety, but it's not as campy as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s a binding, tonal consistency that constitutes the anatomy of a Marvel Netflix show. So, why does every Marvel Netflix show feel the same? Because Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are the Defenders and they absolutely should share themes and tropes across their individual stories. That way, when they come together it will (hopefully) create this beautiful, symbiotic cohesiveness. 

But it can also be reeeeal funny sometimes. There are things that happen in every Marvel Netflix show that are just kinda like, “Okay, guys, we get it,” and yet apparently they really want to hammer those ideas home. So, they show up again and again and again. Sometimes it's good storytelling, and sometimes you start to wonder if every fight needs to happen in a hallway.

Some of it is appropriate. Some of it is understandable. Some of it is forgivable. And some of it is none of those things. Let’s take a look at all of the shared tropes in Marvel’s Netflix shows: the good, the bad, and the ugly.