The Russos Haven't Ruled Out a Defenders Appearance in Avengers: Infinity War

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 5:00PM
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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 5:00PM
The Russos Haven't Ruled Out a Defenders Appearance in Avengers: Infinity War
The Marvel television shows technically exist within the MCU, but especially when watching the Netflix shows, it often feels like they exist in an entirely different world. So although many fans are clamoring for it, it seemed like a long shot that they will ever appear in the Marvel movies. But now, Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have spoken out about the possibility of including the Defenders in Avengers: Infinity War, and although it's somewhat unlikely, they're still considering the idea:

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The Marvel Universe is sprawling – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is enormous," they told badtaste.it (via Screencrush). "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.
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I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I think the Russos are right, and Infinity War is already in danger of being overcrowded without throwing the TV characters into the mix. But on the other hand, I adore the television characters, and think that for the most part they're actually more compelling than the movie characters. I wouldn't want them to have large parts, because they don't quite fit into the movie world, but I would kill to see Jessica Jones cameo just to tell the Avengers to f*ck off, a la Wolverine in X-Men: First Class.

But either way, it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. At first, it appeared that the Inhumans storyline on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was an attempt to unify the two universes somehow, but now that the Inhumans movie is off the schedule and the AOS storyline is pretty much just a replacement for mutants, that doesn't seem to be the intent. For now, I would say that the movie and TV universes will remain mostly separate, although there may be possibilities for cameos in the future, when the cast isn't quite so unwieldy.

Avengers: Infinity War part 1 hits theaters on May 4, 2018, while part 2 comes out on May 3, 2019.
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