With rumors that more than 60 characters will show up for Avengers: Infinity War, a sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe that currently includes 13 movies counting Captain America: Civil War, dozens upon dozens of characters and several TV series on ABC and Netflix, the question on everyone’s minds is what are the chances we get to see some of those small-screen heroes shine on the big screen for Marvel Studios’ epic superhero movie team-up?
In a recent interview with Italian site BadTaste.it (via ScreenCrush), Civil War and Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo opened up on the possibilities of seeing the Defenders (the Netflix superhero team-up that will include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and, perhaps, even the Punisher, now that he’s getting his own series) and our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lend a helping hand to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against Thanos in the Infinity War two-parter.
Here’s what they said:
The Marvel Universe is sprawling – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is enormous. Just think of all the characters that haven’t been introduced yet that are going to be introduced by the time that we’re working on Infinity War. We have a tough task just telling the stories of the characters who exist [on the big screen] in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let alone adding the entire Marvel Television universe. Anything is possible in Marvel. It’s certainly something we’re considering. But our focus is on telling the stories of the characters that currently exist on the movie side.
So the answer is that it's not very likely, although it's nice to hear that they are considering it. I think we can forget ever seeing the Defenders, Coulson, Daisy, May and the Secret Warriors join the good fight against the Mad Titan. Even though it’s a huge bummer (I was soooo hoping to see the Man Without Fear fight alongside his pal Spidey!), this is probably another sign of the ever-growing divide between the movie and TV side of the MCU, run by Kevin Feige and Jeph Loeb, respectively.
Are you disappointed by the Russo Brothers’ answer? Or does it come as no real surprise?
Avengers: Infinity War Part I opens May 4, 2018, with Part II hitting the screens on May 3, 2019.