Last night was a rather big night for Marvel fans. Not only was it the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which kicked off its third season last night, but there was also an Avengers: Age of Ultron event held in Los Angeles last night to promote the upcoming DVD & Blu-Ray release.
One thing fans have often wondered is if since the shows take place in the same world as the films if the movies would eventually acknowledge the television shows. With a character like Coulson (Clark Gregg) that used to feature in the films, fans were hoping that the movies – namely Avengers: Age of Ultron – would touch on him still being alive. Sadly, that has yet to happen. There is also the birth of the Inhumans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something that will play a larger part in the MCU down the road with an Inhumans film scheduled for 2019, but as of right now, there’s been no mention of them in the films. (Although, it’s always possible we’ll hear something in Captain America: Civil War.) Speaking with IGN at the Age of Ultron event, Feige said it was “inevitable” that the films will eventually come to reference the television shows.
“I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows.”
Of course, trying to make the scheduling work between the movies and television shows can prove to be tricky. For example, right now both Daredevil and Luke Cage are filming in New York, while both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are filming in California. It’s expected that Daredevil will hit Netflix in April and that Luke Cage will arrive on the streaming service later in the year. Where as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. films as the show its airing, and Agent Carter generally has most of the show shot before it airs in January. And that’s just on the television side! On the movie side, Captain America: Civil War just wrapped production as S.H.I.E.L.D. went back into production, and Doctor Strange is set to head to London for production this November to shot into 2016. Trying to work the events of the television shows into the films? It can be tricky when the production schedules seemingly don’t match-up.
“It’s easier for them. They’re more nimble and faster and produce things quicker than we do, which is one of the main reasons you see the repercussions of Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron in the show,” Feige said. “Going forward and certainly as they begin to do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have — particularly Daredevil — that that may occur. A lot of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season; by the time it comes out they’d be done with the second, starting the third season. Finding timing on that is not always easy.”
We’ve seen plenty of new heroes birthed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Quake and Deathlok, especially – and with the addition of The Defenders on Netflix, the amount of superheroes in this world will only continue to grow. So, the question is, will we eventually get to see them in the films? While Feige doesn’t proved a clear answer, he doesn’t necessarily say no. (It’s also worth pointing out that Charlie Cox has already stated the possibility of a film appearance is already in his contract.)
As for whether the films will feature any of the TV shows’ characters if they’re used on the big screen — a reporter asked if, for example, a Spider-Man movie featuring Kingpin would use Vincent D’Onforio — Feige said, “I don’t know, probably. That would probably be the cool thing to do. That particular scenario has not come up yet.”