Comics on Film: Kevin Feige Opens a Possibility for Marvel Movie/TV Crossover

Comics on Film: Kevin Feige Opens a Possibility for Marvel Movie/TV Crossover

May 12, 2017

A few weeks ago in Comics on Film, we told you about a prominent Marvel Cinematic Universe castmember who shared some less-than-encouraging details about his perspective on a possible crossover between Marvel movies and TV shows. It seemed like a pretty solid perspective, due to the well-documented realities of actually getting Marvel Studios' disparate film and TV divisions on the same page. Although the shows claim they take place in the same shared universe as the popular MCU film series, the movies themselves don't really seem to reflect that at all.

While Anthony Mackie's comments also seemed to be a bit truer by virtue of the fact that they fly in the face of wild fanbase speculation, we've now got an on-the-record comment from the bossman himself about this possibility. Though it's small, it's infinitely more encouraging, and hopefully it'll lead us to seeing the Defenders fighting alongside the Avengers at some point...maybe.

 

Kevin Feige Talks Marvel Movie/TV Crossover Potential

In an interview with io9, Feige was askedif a character's appearances on the varying MCU-based TV shows preclude the possibility of that same character showing up in an MCU feature film at some point. He responded by saying,

"Not necessarily. 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. At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something."

While the original io9 piece is correct in speculating that there doesn't seem to be anything like this in the pipeline right now, Feige's general openness to the possibility of such a crossover should be encouraging for fans of the wider MCU eyond what we see in movie theaters once in a while. Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have as large a fanbase as it perhaps did when it first premiered, but it definitely has a sect of dedicated fans who want to see Phil Coulson reunited with the Avengers at some point. Sure, the longer that show goes on without having the Avengers at least aware of Coulson still being alive is a little weird, but at least we now know that the possibility exists of him fanboying out to Captain America again.

Marvel Television has also, of course, spearheaded an extremely interesting set of crossover stories between several of its shows distributed on the Netflix streaming platform. Iron Fist may not be as much of a critical hit as the likes of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but we get to see a crossover series this coming August that unites all four of the major heroes in the upcoming first season of The Defenders. Luke Cage will be font and center in the crossover show, and conceivably, in a second season of his own show. Daredevil season 2 breakout Jon Bernthal also gets to wreak all kinds of bloody havoc on the streets of New York when he gets his own series, The Punisher sometime later this year.

Who wouldn't love to see Frank Castle caught for a philosophical tête–à–tête with another hero, like Captain America? Maybe the First Avenger would be more formidable a debater than Daredevil was on that rooftop?

 

When Could Something Like This Happen?

If you're looking for some kind of wider MCU crossover between their film and TV properties next year in Avengers: Infinity War, that just doesn't seem very realistic.

Since Infinity War and its sequel are shooting in pretty quick succession and will release about a year apart, it seems likely that the plans for both of these movies are set in stone, and can't really be changed that much in order to accommodate either the TV or Netflix-based heroes of the MCU. Of course, that doesn't mean it's necessarily impossible, but the more likely place for something like this to happen will be with whatever comes after 2018-19's big crosover films, where Marvel can actually have the time to plan something from the ground up that would feel a bit more natural than shoving the Defenders into a quick cameo on New York's streets during Infinity War.

However, at the same time, Marvel Studios has demonstrated quick reaction time to incorporating bigger characters into pre-existing films, as evidenced by the quickfire events that ultimately brought Spider-Man into the fold of the MCU. Captain America: Civil War had already been in some form of development for about a yar before it was announced, seemingly out of the blue, that Sony and Marvel Studios had reached a licensing agreement that would allow Spider-Man to be integrated into the existing framework of the MCU, alongside the likes of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, granted, that was Spider-Man, perhaps the biggest, most conspicuous absence in the MCU movies up to that point, but this instance at least seems to represent a bit of dexterity on the part of Marvel should they decide to include some Netflix or TV characters in something that's already in development.

Overall, what fans should take away from this the most is that this news is encouraging. Hearing "maybe" from the guy that's effectively in charge of Marvel Studios is far more optimistic than hearing a definitive "no" from a cast member. While Anthony Mackie is likely far more aware of what's going on behind the scenes than fans are, it's hard to get any more senior in Marvel Studios than Feige. So, hopefully some day soon, we'll be able to see Tom Holland's Spider-Man trading quips with Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, or maybe Tony Stark might need the help of a law firm like Nelson & Murdock. Maybe the Inhumans will enter into an equation with Doctor Strange? The possibilities are now, at least, on the table.

Now...if only they could get the Fantastic Four in order. Anyone else still want to see Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Peter Parker put their heads together to stop Galactus in a movie?


Chris Clow is a comic book expert and former retailer, and a writer with work having appeared in the Huffington Post, Fandango, and various fan outlets. He's also a regular on podcasts hosted by Batman-On-Film and Modern Myth Media, while hosting his own show called Comics on Consoles. You can find his weekly Comics on Film column every week here at Movies.com, and you can follow along on Twitter @ChrisClow.

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