'Avengers: Infinity War' May Not Feature Marvel's Netflix Heroes

Avengers Infinity Warmay Not Feature Marvels Netflix Heroes

Marvel's been dominating movies since Iron Man first flew into theaters in 2008, and while they've also dipped their toe into television with ' Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D ,' 2015 was the year that they really stepped their game up -- first with the awesome period drama goodness of 'Agent Carter,' and then later with the darker, more intense ' Daredevil ' and ' Jessica Jones ' on Netflix.

A few years from now, Jessica and Matt Murdock will team up with Luke Cage (who's currently filming his own Netflix series right now!) and Iron Fist to form the Defenders, yet another superhero team . But will they ever cross over the TV/movie gap? After all, The Infinity War is only a few years away, and Earth's going to need a lot of heroes working together to stop Thanos from taking over. Plus, who doesn't want to see Jessica Jones and Luke Cage punching bad guys alongside 'The Big Green Guy' and 'The Flag Waver?'


'The Avengers: Infinity War' directors Anthony and Joe Russo spoke to Super Interessante (as translated by Comic Book Movie ) during Comic Con Experience Brazil over the weekend, and said that while it's not an impossible idea, it's very, very improbable due to the sheer amount of logistics both teams would need to work around.

'It's complicated,' Anthony Russo explained. '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,' he added. '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!'

At first glance, it may seem like he's saying the schism between Marvel's movies and their TV series is so wide that it's almost as if they don't have the rights to one another's characters -- but it's more likely that the complications are more due to scheduling than they are anything else. 'Infinity War' begins filming in Fall or Winter of 2016, at least according to Chris Evans . Meanwhile, 'The Defenders' mini series could film around the same time, but will surely be released much earlier -- and after it premieres, we're sure that there'll be second or third seasons in store and maybe even some new heroes to debut. So it would be tough to line up both timelines in a way that makes sense for a set of films we won't see until 2018 and 2019.

For example, let's say the writers of 'Daredevil' decided that they wanted to move Matt Murdock to San Francisco in a later season (in the comics, Matt Murdock does that a lot). If he were scheduled to appear in 'Infinity War,' they'd either have to wait until after the movies were released to even entertain that idea, or decide now if that's something they were committed to doing with the character and make up some awkward reason for him to be back in New York with the rest of the Defenders, thereby getting locked into moving years before they actually could. Either way, it would more than likely hamper the show's ability to tell the stories it wants to tell,

So as cool as it would be to see Daredevil briefly teaming up with Black Widow (he does that a lot too), it's probably much easier to let the two sets of heroes do their own thing with an occasional nod to each other here and there. But that's OK, because it means our favorite shows and movies will be able to do what they do best without getting in one another's way -- and if we do get a well-placed cameo somewhere instead, it would be a nice bonus rather than a requirement.