The most popular heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will come together to defeat the colossal threat that is Thanos, the Mad Titan whose greed for power led to his pursuit of all six Infinity Stones. Noticeably absent from the line-up are Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). Now that Avengers: Infinity War is in the middle of filming, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about the possibility of seeing Netflix’s the Defenders fight alongside the Avengers on the big screen.
No Crossover Plans
All movies and television series under the MCU banner are connected: this allowed Falcon (Anthonie Mackie) to appear in Ant-Man, Iron Man to mentor Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the Avengers take sides to fight against one another in Captain America: Civil War.
Even Marvel’s superhero series on Netflix exhibit the same connection to the MCU. In Jessica Jones Season 1 and Daredevil Season 2, there were explicit mentions of the New York battle that saw the Avengers fight against the Chitauri Army led by Loki (Tom Hiddleston).
If The Defenders live in the same world as Iron Man and Captain America, why are the street-level superheroes of New York not recruited to fight against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War?
Marvel has repeatedly denied the possibility of seeing The Defenders fight alongside the Avengers. However, fans are still hoping that their favorite Netflix superheroes will one day appear on the big screen.
In a new interview, Feige once again shut down any possibilities of seeing Daredevil and The Defenders in Avengers: Infinity War. He also explained why the studio is so insistent not to include the heroes of the small screen in the events happening on the big screen.
“Maybe someday. No plans right now,” the Marvel Studios boss told Allocine. “Maybe someday, but we have a lot of characters in the MCU, and one of the things that are so special about those characters on the Netflix shows is their dynamic together.”
Feige is right; the upcoming Avengers 4 is a testament to how big the MCU has become. In a previous interview, Anthony and Joe Russo shared that the movie will see up to 84 comic book characters come alive on the big screen next year.
The Netflix series have darker tones that are not specifically kid-friendly. Moreover, Daredevil keeps a very realistic, non-magic approach to the superhero genre and standing alongside characters like Thor (Chris Hemsworth) can change the mythology of the show forever.
Feige does have a point: Avengers: Infinity War is already filled with superheroes who were previously introduced via their solo movies. It would be unfair for the small screen heroes if, in their big screen debut, they will be overshadowed by the Avengers.
“They are all combining to become The Defenders later this year and are doing their own thing,” he added.
The Massive Avengers: Infinity War Cast
Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson gave teased an exciting scene that fans can look forward to in the third Avengers movie. The actress who is currently doing press rounds for her new comedy, Rough Night, shared that, in one particular scene, there were around 32 comic book characters.
She refuses to divulge who are included in the scene and why they have to come together. So far, aside from the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the cast of the Black Panther are also set to appear in the upcoming movie. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was also recently spotted on-set. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is also expected to make her debut. Watch Johansson’s interview with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.