“Looks like the Netflix shows will have another ‘Incident’ to refer to endlessly,” said a fan upon seeing the shot of an alien vessel floating above NYC in that incredible Avengers: Infinity War trailer. Just like the events of the first Avengers pretty much set the narrative direction for 5 of the Marvel-Netflix shows, it’s only logical that the catastrophe Avengers: Infinity War will leave at its wake will change the course of the lives of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Punisher right? According to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg when asked by EW about potential Infinity War tie-ins with the Netflix shows, we shouldn’t count on it.
Any updates on whether the street-level heroes will have anything to do with the films?
None whatsoever. Our partners are Marvel, and if we’re doing something that’s counter to [their continuity], they would pull us back or orient us on the right path, so clearly we’re [okay]. But we’re very much in our own world.
There are a couple of things to unpack with Rosenberg’s quote. We gotta first take into account when Netflix plans on releasing Jessica Jones Season 2. You can’t have an Avengers: Infinity War tie-in if Season 2 premieres before the film. Second, Rosenberg doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of Marvel asking them to make way for Infinity War content in future installments. The silver lining to her quote is that this mandate may be different for the 2 other Marvel-Netflix shows set for 2018, Daredevil and Luke Cage. But given how close these shows were when they began writing, we wouldn’t necessarily count on it. There’s also that age-old issue of canon and continuity. Remember how Spider-Man: Homecoming pretty much screwed up where these shows take place in the MCU timeline?
It’s crazy. In a world where the Fantastic Four and X-Men are THIS close to merging with the MCU, it’s insane to think that we’re more likely to see Reed Richards shake hands with Tony Stark than we are hearing Daredevil get namedropped by Spider-Man.
Source: Entertainment Weekly