The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has exponentially grown to become one of the dominant franchises in pop culture. After Nick Fury first appeared at the end of Iron Man and warned Tony Stark that he was part of a much larger world, the MCU has continued to grow. In addition to more than 12 films in the can (with 10 more on the way), the MCU expanded into television with such shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and the many Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders) either completed or in development. The one thing that has remained constant between the two mediums was the interconnectivity of them., like how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was tied in a big way to the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier. Ever since then, many of the TV shows will name drop events that have happened during the films, and Marvel prided itself on its interconnectivity. But can the reverse come true?
Recent changes over at Marvel Studios have separated who reports to whom within the corporate structure, which has further separated the television and film units from a management perspective. The films, for the most part, don’t mention events going on in the television show, but the TV shows will try to mention major events of the films. With the announcement that Avengers: Infinity War will have an exaggerating amount of characters (rumor says more than 60) as they face big baddie Thanos, and as a result, many fans were wondering if we will see will see any of the people from the Netflix shows, or any of the Inhumans from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., teaming up with the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. If they were all going to get everyone together, Avengers: Infinity War would be the movie to do it in, right?
In an interview with the Italian Website Bad Taste, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo Brothers stated that they wouldn’t rule out including the TV show characters, but their primary focus would be characters from the films.
“The Marvel Universe is sprawling – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is enormous. Just think of all the characters that haven’t been introduced yet that are going to be introduced by the time that we’re working on Infinity War. We have a tough task just telling the stories of the characters who exist [on the big screen] in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let alone adding the entire Marvel Television universe. … Anything is possible in the Marvel Universe. It’s certainly something we’re considering. But our focus is on telling the stories of the characters that currently exist on the movie side.”
Since Avengers: Infinity War is said to be a “culmination” of the entire MCU, it would make sense to include characters from the TV shows as well. Fingers crossed that somehow at least a few key plays could find their way onto the big screen. After all, they all still think Phil Coulson is still dead, it would be cool if it was revealed that alive to the characters whose death mattered to them way back in Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will be released May 4, 2018
Source: Bad Taste