Disney Plus has restored the lost tributes of The Punisher and Luke Cage.
Both Marvel shows made the jump from Netflix to Disney Plus, and in its new streaming home, The Punisher ended up losing a post honoring Marvel legend Stan Lee, while Luke Cage didn’t pay tribute to Reg E. Cathey, who played Cage’s father on the show.
“I mean, why do that?” Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker wrote about Twitter about the apparent modification. “Reg E. Cathey was part of the heart and soul of the second season. We don’t feel compelled to dedicate the season to him just because he died; we felt compelled because we loved him and he was an uplifting force. Both tributes were inadvertently eliminated.
This is not the first time a show has been edited and then reinstated on Disney Plus. A different, less violent version of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 mistakenly replaced the normal episode on the streamer, but was quickly fixed.
Both The Punisher and Luke Cage are part of the Defenders Saga, which is the new name for Marvel Netflix shows. Whether or not they’ll remain MCU canon has yet to be definitively resolved, but there are hints that they’re part of the larger universe after all: Charlie Cox appeared as Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Vincent D’Onofrio reprized his pivotal role in Hawkeye.
“They’re doing everything they can to get Daredevil into canon,” D’Onofrio told GamesRadar+. “Hawkeye is part of the canon of what we did in Daredevil.” A Daredevil reboot is also reportedly in the works.
We’ll have to wait and see if more Defenders characters make the jump to the MCU, but in the meantime, check out our ultimate Marvel Phase 4 guide to see everything the MCU has in store for us, and if it isn’t. you already registered, subscribe. you on Disney Plus here.