The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a carefully woven universe in which the Marvel TV shows and movies are set. The often heard phrase from Marvel executives in regards to the MCU is that “it’s all connected”, and it is, to an extent. We have seen those connections, not just in the worlds where the characters live, but the events that have impacted their lives, and the occasional character jumping from the movies to television. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has brought in Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander) from Thor, and the lead himself, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was originally introduced, and killed, in The Avengers.
But with so many properties on different timelines, we haven’t seen any of the Netflix characters crossing over with the movies, and there seems to be a growing divide between the worlds where the movies and the television shows live. Io9 spoke with Kevin Feige about future MCU crossovers between the TV shows and the films, and Feige pointed out that the development for the movies is on a far different timetable than the television shows.
It’s about finding the right way to do that. And the honest answer is, movies are developed so far in advance that a lot of those things [Inhumans, Hydra monsters, etc.] weren’t done when we started to film [Captain America: Civil War].
Captain America: Civil War finished filming in the summer of 2015, when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had a few Inhumans and had only just figured out the impact of the Terrigen crystals. Of course, the movie side could make decisions that are then implemented on the TV side, when they get to similar points in the timeline. But this would limit the creative freedom of the television side of things.
If we were to do something in a film that absolutely handcuffs what the team can do in season 2 of whatever show, they don’t want to be handcuffed. They shouldn’t be handcuffed. It’s just finding the right time and right place to do it.
But if the opportunity was right?
Look, I love heroes. I love seeing as many heroes as possible interacting and surprising fans with their presence but, like Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Black Panther in this movie, like Falcon in Ant-Man, it just has to be absolutely blended with the story at hand, and not just, ‘Hey who is that who just drove past?’ That would be easy. We could do that in post—but that, I think, does a disservice to the characters.
I’m sure that the masterminds behind the MCU will figure out a way to bring characters like Daredevil into the movie side of things, even if only as a reference, if it will improve those worlds. What crossover would you like to see, if they could make it happen? Sound off in the comments below!