In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos will head to Earth along with an army of Outriders and his adopted children/lieutenants to ravage the planet in his quest for the Infinity Stones with no one but Earth’s heroes left to protect it. And one might consider the unsung superheroes of Marvel TV to be a part of it. Could we see the TV heroes deal with their own mini-Infinity War fight? Nope. Speaking to France’s Premiere, the Russos brothers revealed that they considered adding the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Defenders at one point but decided otherwise to avoid complications with the main story.
We have considered everything. But the trick is that we already have at least sixty characters with whom we must tell a story! And it’s hard enough to communicate with Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, Scott Derrickson, Peyton Reed and James Gunn at the same time, not to add all the showrunners and TV crews to this. The latter is also led by totally different people. So it’s practically impossible. Our job is to focus on the Marvel film world and offer a satisfying climax.
It’s sure to be an unpopular choice among diehards who invest a lot of their time delving into the shows, hoping for one semblance of an acknowledgement from the films, but it’s a choice I completely understand. On top of the difficulty wrangling the input of the other directors together, it’s a daunting task to find a way to merge the TV stories to the film’s narrative without messing their respective continuities while serving the larger purpose of Infinity War. Props for the Russos for prioritizing story and purpose over fan-service.