Marvel is going big for Avengers: Infinity War, and it’s not prepared to rule anyone out for the final lineup — including Netflix’s Defenders and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As Marvel prepares for the next big Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover in Avengers: Infinity War, the directors continue to tease the huge scope of the project. The Russo Brothers have already hinted that Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord (from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) will join Infinity War. Now, they’ve revealed that in preparing the story for the project, no heroes are off-limits; even the characters from the Marvel TV universe like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Netflix’s Defenders are waiting on the bench.
Infinity War will be the culmination of the fight against Thanos, who has been teased since the first Avengers film directed by Joss Whedon. The film looks to be a intergalactic fight against Thanos, who currently wields multiple Infinity Gauntlets. Fans speculate that the film will focus on a large joining of forces between multiple heroes across the Marvel Cinematic Universe against the powerful villain. Including heroes from the TV shows could only help the fight against Thanos.
“We do consider everyone,” Anthony Russo says. “We don’t want to get too specific about what’s going to happen with these movies. We want these movies to be a surprise for audiences. This leaves the door pretty open as to whether or not Marvel’s TV heroes will be in the film, and if so which ones.
However, considering what is already known about Infinity War, it might not make sense for the Netflix heroes like Daredevil or Jessica Jones from appearing. Not because they wouldn’t be amazing to see on the big-screen, but because their strength lies in being the heroes of local New York City neighborhoods like Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem.
Marvel’s big Avenger films are already starting to see some bloat, struggling to juggle so many characters at once. If the directors are being strategic about how to include TV characters, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already tackled large-scaled events, such as the Inhumans and a Winter Soldier tie-in, so maybe they can handle even larger-scale events like Infinity War. However, the people overseeing Marvel’s Cinematic Universe have proven to be adept with their characters and will probably incorporate whoever they want in Infinity War in a smart, thoughtful way.
Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 8, 2018.