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Avengers: Infinity War considered using Luke Cage and Netflix heroes

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Jun 21, 2018, 8:23 PM EDT (Updated)

When the television side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a reality, fans were promised that “it’s all connected.” However, the relationship between the Marvel films and TV shows has largely been a one-way street. Even the popular heroes of Marvel’s Netflix series seem destined to be cut off from the larger MCU. However, Avengers: Infinity War could have changed that. And according to the film’s screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, there were at least discussions about bringing in the Netflix characters.

"We talk about that all the time," said McFeely during an extended interview with Collider. "In a movie this big, we certainly had the conversation 'Should we put Luke Cage in this? Here we are in New York...' That kind of stuff. As you could probably tell, it would be just a glorified cameo at this point.”

McFeely went on to explain that he and Markus felt that it was asking too much of the audience to be familiar with all of the previous MCU films as well as the Netflix series. McFeely also believed that using characters like Daredevil and Luke Cage for quick cameos wouldn’t have satisfied anyone.

SPOILER ALERT: There are major plot points below for Infinity War. Come back after you’ve seen the episode!

Another complication was the ending of Infinity War, which featured Thanos killing half of the universe with the snap of his fingers. Both Markus and McFeely agreed that not every Netflix hero and their supporting casts would have been spared from getting dusted.

"They'll have seasons next year," explained Markus. "We couldn't bring in that many people and not blip a bunch of them just [as] an odds thing. You know? Next year, Daredevil starring Rosario Dawson!"

While the Netflix heroes didn’t make the cut for Infinity War, this may have been the closest we’ve come to seeing them on the big screen. Hopefully the post-Avengers 4 landscape will give the MCU TV heroes and their cinematic  counterparts more opportunities to cross over.

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