“It’s All Connected” has been a tagline for the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since it expanded into television, and some people are still counting the days until both sides officially crossover. It seems they are not the only ones, as during a set visit of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes got an opportunity to interview one of the producers, Eric Carroll. Carroll shed some light on a potential crossover between Spidey and The Defenders, as they both are prominent members of Marvel’s New York City’s heroics. When asked if we will see any references in the upcoming film, Carroll killed any last hope people may have had.
“Not specifically referenced in this movie, no. I think that’s something we all think would be really fun and it’s definitely a card I would love to see played, if not sooner rather than later. But as of now, it’s not referenced in this movie.!
It is a nice change to see a more positive tone towards the potential crossover between the two distinct sides of the franchise. While some seem to hold rather negative views on the matter, a sequel to Spider-Man may be the best platform to do so. After finally having his own story told, it would make sense for his character to be a bridge. Spider-Man was once an outsider to the MCU while the rights were owned by Sony, so him being able to bring in the Defenders would be a great way to signify another strengthened bond within Marvel Entertainment.
NYC being at the forefront for these heroes also allows a great way to show how much the world has changed, and could offer an interesting way to see Spidey question his alliance. Is he closer to the Avengers saving the world, or is he a Defender trying to protect his home? It also makes sense, as Carroll points out:
It’s so far. [laughs] It’s like two trains.
How do you think they are going to integrate the Defenders into A Spidey Film if they had the option?