Why The Marvel Movies May Never Cross Over With Their TV Shows

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If you’ve only been watching the movie portion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ve been missing a lot. Over on ABC’s Agents of SHIELD, an army of mutants Inhumans has been unleashed upon the world. And, on Netflix, several new heroes are rising up in Hell’s Kitchen.


And yet, on the big screen, there’s barely a peep about any of it. Which seems kind of odd, doesn’t it? (The Vision may drop a veiled reference to it in Civil War, but it’s not explicit.) Well, we spoke with the president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige and asked, point blank: When will the movies and TV shows crossover?

“It’s about finding the right way to do that,” Feige told io9. “And the honest answer is, movies are developed so far in advance that a lot of those things [Inhumans, Hydra monsters, etc.] weren’t done when we started to film [Captain America: Civil War].”

“Or, if we were to do something in a film that absolutely handcuffs what the team can do in season 2 of whatever show, they don’t want to be handcuffed. They shouldn’t be handcuffed. It’s just finding the right time and right place to do it.”

Which is a very diplomatic way of saying, the cross over may never happen—or maybe, it could. What we know is, it would take a huge amount of planning, something that both the TV and movie universes are doing independent of each other right now. Nevertheless, Feige swears it’s something he wants.

“Look, I love heroes,” Feige continued. “I love seeing as many heroes as possible interacting and surprising fans with their presence but, like Spider-Man, Ant-Man and Black Panther in this movie, like Falcon in Ant-Man, it just has to be absolutely blended with the story at hand, and not just, ‘Hey who is that who just drove past?’ That would be easy. We could do that in post—but that, I think, does a disservice to the characters.”

Entertainment Reporter. NYU Cinema Studies Alum. Formerly Premiere, EW, Us Weekly, and /Film. AP Award-Winning Film Critic & CCA member. Loves Star Wars, posters, Legos, and often all three at once.


DL Thurston

Am I the only one okay with this? Because I sometimes feel like I’m the only one okay with this. There are three segments of the MCU: Movies, ABC, and Netflix (tbd where Cloak and Dagger falls). I’ve rather gotten used to the fact that the three will probably never meet up except for maybe the occasional references to movies by the two distinct chunks of television.

Any path for the television folks to end up in the movies would require either an awkward bit of shoehorning/exposition or a cameo so short as to hardly feel worth it. Just let the chunks be chunks and get on with telling the best possible stories within those chunks. Like they have been doing.