Ever since Marvel Studios announced their first foray into television with Agents of SHIELD, the broader impact of a film and TV crossover universe was exciting—a new frontier to mine. But that’s amounted to little more than glorified tie-in stories as the shows generally play catchup to their big-screen siblings.
The Netflix shows downplayed their involvement with subtle references to “the Incident” and “magic hammers,” but have largely remained isolated from the greater happenings of the MCU.
And yet that hasn’t stopped people from wanting to see Charlie Cox’s Daredevil mix it up with the Avengers, or Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin menace Spider-Man. Unfortunately, neither crossovers seem likely to happen anytime in the future.
While speaking at Wizard World Cleveland, the MCU’s own Falcon played by Anthony Mackie put the kibosh on any sort of crossover between the film and TV universe characters.
“Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs,” Mackie began. “Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world. It wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t work at all.”
Now it must be stated, despite how obvious it is, that Mackie is not the end-all, be-all authority when it comes to Marvel Studios—that would be the man he mentioned, Kevin Feige.
However, Mackie’s statements do lend credence to the rumors of a split between Marvel’s film division and the rest of the company, leaving the other aspects of creative such as TV and comics under the purview of Ike Perlmutter, Joe Quesada, and Jeph Loeb.
While Marvel TV shows have always danced between the raindrops of the film universe, those ties have since been downplayed after Agents of SHIELD’s second season and the tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron. “You do your thing, and we’ll do ours,” essentially.
The clear indicator seemed to be when Marvel Studios removed a film adaptation of the Inhumans from their schedule, and the property was then taken to television with ABC. Of course those first episodes will premiere on IMAX theaters, but that’s hardly the same thing.
Facts remain, there is a clear cut difference between Marvel Studios and Television, one that doesn’t look to be mended anytime soon. And, frankly, that might be for the best so long as each product is given room to stand on its own.
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Avengers: Infinity War is described by Marvel Studios as the culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man in 2008. The movie is filming now under directors Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The expansive confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos. Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back for a May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release, respectively.
[h/t] Screen Geek