If you were concerned that the next Avengers movie, Avenger: Infinity War, slated for 2018, would contain 150 Marvel characters and sacrifice drama, storytelling and memory storage to too many characters running around, rest easy: there will only be 100 characters in the film. That’s because the Marvel Netflix character can’t really cross over into the movies. This little tiddlebit was revealed by A:IW director Anthony Russo—one half of the Directin’ Russo Brothers—who was being interviewed by a Portuguese outlet, and thought, as many have before him, that just because it was in a foreign language he could be be more candid than normal. Google Translate, Anthony. It’s free.
According to one outlet that assayed a translation, it went something like this:
SUPER: The Marvel Cinematic Universe that we see in theaters today is much bigger than the one we first saw with The Avengers. There are many more heroes and there are new pieces being added with the ABC TV series and the Netflix series. How do you organize it? Is there a chance we see Jessica Jones battling Thanos (the villain) in Infinity War?
Anthony Russo: It’s complicated. When we start to serialize the telling of stories it’s difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it’s more complicated. It is a smaller scale version of the problem that exists when remembering that Fox holds the rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters, as does Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible, Spider-Man (whose rights were held by Sony) became possible!
This TV ban would mean that no Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist or other Defenders in Avengers; Infinity War. Interestingly, the problem doesn’t seem to have extended to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past, as several move characters have crossed over there. But these may predate the separation of Marvel Movies and TV when Kevin Feige declared his independence from Isaac Perlmutter. This led to a “left behind” situation at Marvel TV and publishing. Although there has been much rumor and speculation about retribution exacted from Ike by canceling movies and TV shows, a lot of that appears to have been very targeted news plants and most projects seem to be moving forward.
But that doesn’t mean everyone is lovey dubbins. What is for certain is that Marvel TV is now a foreign studio to Marvel Movies, just as hostile and prickly as Fox. Even though they are both owned by Disney. It’s a situation much like the one that ONCE existed at WB, where movie and TV were Silo’d. They’re now in sync, leading to a lot more opportunities for WB TV at least.
Personally, I’m not that sad to the Netflix characters left out of A:IW. The MCU movies are becoming bloated with crossovers and exposition, just like Greg Land crowd scenes. And the Netflix characters do things movie characters don’t like have sex in unusual positions and drink and have sad things happen. Let TV stay gritty and movies stay lighthearted!
Source: Comic Book Movie:
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.