Will the Avengers ever meet the Defenders? Will the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever work alongside Captain America? While no crossover between Marvel’s movies and television shows is immediately in the works, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently admitted that some kind of crossover was never completely ruled out, and it might happen “at some point.”
In a recent interview with io9, Feige said that in the future, a crossover might just be possible. “The future’s a long time. So, the truth is, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of TV shows being made, and hopefully we’ll continue to make a lot of movies,” Feige said. “At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something.”
Feige’s words leave the possibility open, though what exactly that possibility entails remains unclear. The Netflix heroes could crossover with the big-screen Avengers, or, as Feige vaguely suggested, there could be repetition. Maybe Marvel decides to make a Daredevil movie or Captain America TV show, creating a mini-reboot of sorts?
What is clear is that nothing is set in stone and there isn’t a TV/movie crossover on the horizon. And that’s sort of a bummer, considering the mother of all crossovers — Avengers: Infinity War — will hit theaters next year. Someone like Ghost Rider sure would be helpful against Thanos.
Ever since Marvel began producing TV as part of its cinematic universe, fans have wondered if the twain shall meet. But in recent years, the divide between them have only grown wider. A lot of this can be chalked up to Marvel’s well-known inner bureaucracy, according to Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon in the MCU. Jeph Loeb of Marvel TV has also explained that the turnaround time for movies versus TV shows can make the logistics of getting all the actor schedules aligned a prohibitive nightmare.
While the TV shows often respond to what happens in the films (last season on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War became a huge thing), the movies tend to act like the TV shows don’t exist. But there has been crossover; Jamie Alexander, who plays Lady Sif in the Thor movies, made a few appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as did Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in the Captain America movies, got her own TV spin-off Agent Carter that lasted two seasons. But, no TV characters have ever made it to the cinema, and no Avenger has appeared in any of the ABC or Netflix shows. And this might be the case for a long time.