Fans of Marvel’s darker portion of their established universe that currently resides on Netflix have been asking for quite a while now if their beloved street level heroes would ever be joining their silver screen counterparts. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Punisher all have a rich history alongside the current Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes but the separation of Marvel’s TV and film universe has all but made crossing over an impossibility.
Avengers: Infinity War has been the solution in the back of some fan’s minds about when Marvel should take the leap and cross the characters over. The last thing Marvel would want to do is shoehorn characters as popular as Daredevil or Luke Cage into the film universe just for the sake of a crossover, so it makes sense that Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige has made it clear they are being careful with the inclusion and that the timing has to be just right for it to work.
Characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man were added to Captain America: Civil War, because the story-arc called for their characters. While speaking with Collider, Kevin Feige makes it known that the same strategy is going to be employed when adding the Netflix characters to the MCU, if and when that ever occurs.
“I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, ‘It all depends on timing.’ It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for one second. Black Panther and Spider-Man to me are the high bar in Civil War of how you can bring in new characters into something. Vision and Ultron, Wanda and Pietro in Ultron. And it takes a lot of screentime, and it takes a lot of work. Infinity War has a lot of people in it already. So it just depends on how we could figure it out.”
So even though Feige doesn’t completely shoot down the idea that Daredevil & co. could make an appearance in the already overstuffed Infinity War, it doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards yet either. On the other hand, Feige doesn’t shoot down the inclusion altogether so there is still a percentage of a chance we will see the Netflix heroes joining Iron Man, Thor, and Cap sometime in the future.
As Feige says, “it all depends on timing”.
Personally, I am okay with Marvel taking their time. I would hate for characters as important as the Defenders to be given a minuscule cameo in Infinity War just so Marvel could say they added a TV crossover. If they are going to add these characters, it sounds as if Feige wants to do it right, and I have a lot of respect for that. I guess I’m just excited that we’re no longer at the point where the idea of a Netflix/film crossover is completely disregarded in interviews like it has been in the past. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.
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Avengers: Infinity War is set for a May 4th, 2018 relese date.