Ever since Marvel Studios started its current TV adventures, fans have been waiting for that big crossover between the big and small screens to come along.
Good thing they haven't held their breath: While there have been little border crossings on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury and Sif have both appeared on the show) and the late, lamented Agent Carter was a direct spin-off of the Captain America films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has pretty much ignored AoS, not to mention the four Netflix shows we've seen so far (which have all, for their part, made oblique references to the Avengers).
But with more characters headed to TV on upcoming series like Runaways and Inhumans, and so many key Marvel heroes on shows like Daredevil and Luke Cage, it seems strange to think that none of them will ever graduate to the big screen. Which is why io9 asked Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige if a character appearing on TV meant they'd never show up in a movie. Feige responded:
"Not necessarily. The future’s a long time. 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."
The word "repetition" is important, because what Feige -- who's great at saying things indirectly -- is hinting at here is that sure, Daredevil or Jessica Jones might show up on the big screen at some point, but perhaps not the one you know from the TV show. In other words, a reboot.
Not that anything like that is happening soon; the MCU has to first worry about what it's going to do with characters like Iron Man and Captain America as those actors come to the end of their contracts. And it certainly seems likely that the Marvel shows on both Netflix and ABC all have a few more years left in them (and both Feige and Marvel TV chieftain Jeph Loeb have said that the production schedules on TV don't allow much room for movie tie-ins at the moment).
But when The Punisher runs its course on Netflix, we now know it doesn't mean the character goes into mothballs until the end of time. Whether it will be Jon Bernthal punishing his way into multiplexes, however...that remains to be seen.