For fans who are still waiting for a crossover between The Avengers and The Defenders, Kevin Feige assured that it will happen… eventually. In a new interview, the Marvel boss once again responded to questions about the future of Netflix’s superheroes in the MCU.
The Defenders Going Global?
Avengers: Infinity War is currently filming in various locations in Europe and while the complete cast is yet to be announced, fans know too well by now that Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will not help in the universe’s battle against the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Despite the success of the superhero shows on Netflix (and the Easter Eggs that tie them to the events of the movies), Marvel does not seem to have plans to bring them to the big screen. However, Feige believes that minds will change and The Defenders will fight alongside The Avengers some time in the future.
“The future’s a long time,” he told io9. “So, the truth is, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of TV shows being made, and hopefully we’ll continue to make a lot of movies. At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something.”
From his statement, it looks like Marvel Studios still does not want the two properties to unite on one screen. But as both the movie and television universes continue to move forward, perhaps their timelines merges and give Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) a chance to get whiskey with Jessica Jones or finally make a Daredevil-Spider-Man (Tom Holland) team-up possible.
But it has to happen because the story necessitates it. Just like the crossover between the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy will happen because they have to defeat a common foe, to bring The Defenders on the big screen has to make sense story-wise.
A crossover between The Avengers and The Defenders would not be too hard to organize. Except for the scheduling nightmare, The Defenders already exist in the same universe as the Avengers. In fact, the Netflix shows have referenced the battle of New York which saw the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and the Chitauri army.
Marvel and Fox Heroes Crossover?
Feige also talked about the possibility of having comic book characters from 20th Century Fox movies appear in the MCU. The relationship between two studios has been so rocky in the past that there were even lawsuits filed (and eventually settled).
However, recently, Marvel has been mending ties with other studios. The company has an existing deal with Sony to let Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming and in at least one more sequel in the coming years. It also is currently working with Fox to make the critically-lauded Legion which has been picked up for Season 2.
That said, Marvel and Fox have put their differences aside to deliver what fans wanted. Speaking to Slash Film, the Marvel boss revealed that the studios have “joint custody” with some characters. “There are certain characters that they have, but races that we share,” he explained.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did show certain comic book characters thought to be off-limits to Marvel. The studio shares The Watcher and the Skrull – two characters who have appeared in Fantastic Four comic books. But specific characters like, for example, Super Skrull might probably never appear in the MCU. That also means that fans will probably not see the X-Men, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and the X-Force appear in the MCU any time soon.
For now, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 expands the cosmic universe by introducing new alien races. The movie is still screening in theaters worldwide. Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War will land on the big screen on May 4, 2018.