Avengers: Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely confided in Collider the real reason why Netflix’s The Defenders did not show up in the film.
While Avengers: Infinity War served as the beginning of the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans were still clamoring for the crossover potential between the Avengers and their popular Netflix counterparts, the Defenders. McFeely confirmed that while conversations to maybe include the Defenders were had amongst the two writers, they ultimately made the decision to forgo introducing the Netflix superheroes to movie audiences due to the sheer size of backstory the film already had:
“We talk about that all the time. I don’t know anything about animosity [between Marvel Studios and Marvel Television]. In a movie this big, we certainly had the conversation, ‘Should we put Luke Cage in this? Here we are in New York…’ That kind of stuff. As you could probably tell, it would be just a glorified cameo at this point. We’re trying to honor the MCU movies and if we then further tell the audience, ‘Oh, you should also have a good knowledge from this streaming service over here that you may or may not be subscribing to.’ That’s really asking a lot. We’re already asking a lot.”
Nevertheless, fans had been vocal about wanting even just a cameo of the Defenders just to serve as a wink to mainstream audiences showing that the Marvel film and TV universes were connected. Markus was against the idea, however, rationalizing that fans would probably be upset if it was just a cameo, and instead would wonder why the Netflix heroes would not be included by the Avengers in the plot to save Earth:
“You’ll have just as many people going, ‘That’s all you gave Luke Cage!’”
Of course, the idea of seeing Daredevil team up with Spider-Man or Luke Cage bond with Captain America on similar moral values would hype up Marvel fans around the world. It just seems, however, that the task of including the massive cast in Infinity War was difficult enough, and including the stories and baggage that the Defenders have would just do harm to the film.
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Avengers: Infinity War is now playing in theaters, with a cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautisa, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tom Hiddleston, Benicio Del Toro, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Josh Brolin. Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
The currently-untitled Avengers 4 features a cast made up of many of the key players in Infinity War — alongside newcomers like Brie Larson and Evangeline Lilly — and is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shazam
Shazam may look like a Superman rip-off, but he’s so much more than that. Created way back in 1939, Captain Marvel (now referred to solely as Shazam) is an incredibly complex character. After a teenager named Billy Batson stumbles upon a Wizard called Shazam, his whole life changes. Granted magical powers, Billy transforms into a superhero but keeps his childish personality whenever he’s fighting evil.
Chosen to serve as a defender of justice for the Wizard, Billy is given a wide range of powers. Whenever Billy yells the wizard’s name, he transforms into the powerful Captain Marvel and rushes off to fight evil. A lot has changed for the character over his 77 year history, but he still has so much more room to grow! With Shazam! hitting theaters next year, the character’s popularity will start to grow and it’s likely he’ll receive a new comic book series soon, so you might as well start learning everything you can about the character now.
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