Kevin Feige Explains Why We Won't See Netflix Heroes in the MCU Anytime Soon

Friday, 21 October 2016 - 12:54PM
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Friday, 21 October 2016 - 12:54PM
Kevin Feige Explains Why We Won't See Netflix Heroes in the MCU Anytime Soon
Every Marvel fan knows that there's a subtle, semi-permeable wall between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Marvel Television Universe—people and organizations like Agent Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D sit on the border, but for the most part the two don't mix. Sometimes (like when a giant alien invasion fleet invades New York City) the division doesn't make much sense—where were all those Netflix heroes when the Avengers needed backup? Was Daredevil dry-cleaning his suit at the time? 

We've seen a whole slew of new characters enter the MCU, and with Infinity War on the horizon, it seems like everyone's going to get some screen time in theaters. And that may be the problem, according to a recent statement by Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president. When asked if any Netflix heroes would appear in any of Marvel's planned films, this was his response:

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I think it's extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, "It all depends on timing." It all depends on how to do it because I don't think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for one second. Black Panther and Spider-Man to me are the high bar in Civil War of how you can bring in new characters into something. Vision and Ultron, Wanda and Pietro in Ultron. And it takes a lot of screentime, and it takes a lot of work. Infinity War has a lot of people in it already. So it just depends on how we could figure it out.
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We've spoken in the past about how different superheroes have different beats—Luke Cage mostly stays in Harlem, Daredevil and the Punisher deal mostly with New York City, Captain America protects the U.S., The Avengers defend Earth, Thor sometimes goes and defends Asgard and other realms, and Doctor Strange protects our dimension against cosmic threats. It seems like each big Marvel picture expands its scope to include bigger threats, so it's easy for someone with a nuanced character and more limited powers (like, say, Daredevil) to become irrelevant when surrounded by gods and sorcerers. It's the same reason Green Arrow is a bit leery at having Supergirl around in this season's DC crossover on the CW. Even if a Netflix hero got a place in an MCU film, it might not do the character justice.

So maybe the questions is "Is there a place for this hero in the cinematic universe?", not "When is so-and-so gonna meet the Avengers?"


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