With the awesome success of Marvel’s Netflix shows Daredevil and Jessica Jones, fans are quite reasonably asking if and when we could expect to see these characters cross over into Marvel’s cinematic universe. The answer is: don’t hold your breath.
Speaking at CCXP (via Collider), Avengers: Infinity War and Captain America: Civil War co-director Anthony Russo said “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,” he continued. “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 became possible!”
There’s also the issue of tone as well. One of the great things about Daredevil and Jessica Jones was getting to see these characters explored in ways that might not have been possible in a Disney blockbuster movie. Beyond the sex, violence and foul language, the shows have been able to address some adult themes that feel a little removed from the battle for infinity stones. Obviously, we’re sure the characters could fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but if it’s done badly it could be jarring.
What do you think? Do you want to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist teaming up with the Avengers on the big screen? Or do they work better in their own universe?
Captain America: Civil War will be released in cinemas on 29 April 2016. Daredevil and Jessica Jones are available to stream on Netflix now. You can find out more about the characters and the comics that inspired them by picking up the latest edition of 100 All-Time Greatest Comics.