We’ve all read stories about the friction between Marvel Studios and Marvel TV. It’s sad these two aren’t on the best of terms, and that’s why they don’t crossover all that much. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to see a TV character step up to the big screen. Is that something we can continue to expect, or will these two parts of the MCU keep their distance?
Speaking at a panel at the Television Critics Association, head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb explained it’s a production issue that holds up the idea of crossovers:
“I can tell you that part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing. Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”
It does make a lot of sense, but surely that isn’t everything going on behind the scenes? The Netflix shows frequently show the New York skyline minus Stark/Avengers Tower. It’s not like the tower’s schedule is so packed that it can’t do a quick scene for TV.
The casting of Alfre Woodard in the MCU has also shown the gap between them. She had a minor role in Captain America: Civil War, plus a major role in the upcoming Luke Cage series. Little has been said about it, with Woodard joking that she has no idea what people are taking about when asked.
While crossovers seem unlikely at this point, Loeb did make a good point about them needing to feel earned and work within the story. The early MCU films contained little crossover, but now we have Iron Man as joint lead in a Captain America movie. That’s only possible because it’s necessary in the story, and that’s how Loeb wants future crossovers to go:
“We have seen some characters that have appeared and crossed over. Most notably, one of our cast members that isn’t here because she’s working is Rosario Dawson, who continues the character of Claire Temple. So the short answer is we are already doing it. The long answer is as things go by, as the story dictates it, we’ve always been big fans of providing Easter eggs for our fans, but we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab.”
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