Kevin Feige Has at Least One Decent Reason for Keeping Marvel's Netflix Heroes Out of the Movies

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Marvel has been signaling pretty strongly that fans shouldn’t hold hope for the cast of Agents of SHIELD to appear in the movieverse anytime soon—but now head studio honcho Kevin Feige is signaling the same for the company’s Netflix heroes. At least, however, he offers a solid explanation as to why they’re not showing up.


Speaking to Collider recently, Feige discussed the issue of the ever-increasing chasm between the realm of Marvel’s TV output and its movies, specifically the company’s quartet of shows on Netflix. While he didn’t outright deny the heroes would ever appear in the films (although he did seemingly rule out appearances in Avengers: Infinity War at the very least), Feige offered a somewhat more compelling reason than the ones Marvel producers have offered in the past:

I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, “It all depends on timing.” It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for one second. Black Panther and Spider-Man to me are the high bar in Civil War of how you can bring in new characters into something. Vision and Ultron, Wanda and Pietro in Ultron. And it takes a lot of screentime, and it takes a lot of work. Infinity War has a lot of people in it already. So it just depends on how we could figure it out.


It makes a lot of sense, even if it’s not exactly what people want to hear. If Marvel thinks that the way to introduce these heroes in a movie is to give the level of screentime and participation the likes of Spider-Man or Black Panther got in Civil War—already a pretty character-stuffed movie—then the thought of trying to introduce Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and then Iron Fist at the same time on top of all the other movie characters could be very unwieldy.

But at least Feige sounds like there’s a possibility of these sort of things happening in the future—it might just be a good while longer than most fans really want for it happen. Still, hope springs eternal and all that.

[Collider via Comic Book Movie]


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Or just say, “One of the reasons the Netflix stuff is so good is that you have multiple episodes to tell stories and shape characters. You can kiss all that goodbye if you want them in Avengers: Everyone Including Your Mom & The Kitchen Sink War.”

That being said, The Black Widow is very much part of Daredevil’s history and Natasha could do with some solid character redemption that multiple episodes would give her. Likewise Harlem is very much part of Sam Wilson’s history (I was hoping for some easter egg about him in Luke Cage). And then there’s the matter of Luke getting his powers as yet another attempt to recreate Captain America, so him visiting makes sense.

I don’t want the TV guys on the big screen. I want the big screen guys to make their logical progression to the small.