It’s the moment that entire Marvel Studios series of films has been, and will be, building towards for the next couple of years, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and 2. The two-parter will see the super-team battle the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) whose quest to collect the six powerful Infinity Stones will bring him into inevitable conflict with not just the Avengers, but every hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Except, apparently, any hero with his or her own TV show. Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War co-director Anthony Russo talked this weekend about the line-up, and it seems that legalese may keep the Defenders and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. benched for Infinity War.
While talking to SUPER Interessante at CCXP in Sao Paulo, Brazil last weekend, Russo offered the following:
“The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it’s more complicated… Fox holds the rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters, as does Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible, Spider-Man (whose rights were held by Sony) became possible!”
In other words, “it’s complicated,” said Russo. And not just in terms of rights either.
Previous statements do indicate that there’s a one way street in terms of why decisions work out the way they do, like the early integration of the Inhumans on S.H.I.E.L.D., for example, and the lack of pro forma cameos of Agents in Avengers: Age of Ultron. There was also a statement from Kevin Feige where he said that the logistics of the movies have to be worked out far in advanced it’s difficult to take into account the circumstances of what’s going on with a character from a weekly TV show in order to include a cameo. It’s a lot of trouble to go to, in other words.
But while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. always seems to be so desperately screaming for the attention of the big screen Marvel stories, the Netflix-based stories of Daredevil and Jessica Jones seem to be happy to go about their day with only vague mentions to stuff happening in the rest of the MCU. In fact, if you watch Jessica Jones, you might notice that they go out of their way not to name names, Luke Cage calls the Avengers “the green dude and his crew,” and Jessica hilariously calls Captain America, “the flag waver.” Call me crazy, but I think the Defenders are doing just fine without having to worry about Thanos, and wouldn’t it be crazy to send all of Earth’s heroes off world to fight Thanos in the first wave? I think so.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 will be in theaters on May 4, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 will then premiere one year later on May 3, 2019.
Source: Screen Rant