We love the Marvel Netflix shows, especially because they are all part of the grand opus that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The dark psychological thrillers that are Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Luke Cage have dominated the streaming service, and now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has moved to a new time slot to account for darker stories, a crossover between the shows could be imminent. Let’s explore some possible ways this could happen.
The Mysterious IGH Company From Jessica Jones
In Season 1 of Jessica Jones we were introduced to the company with the abbreviated name: IGH. They were revealed to be the ones responsible for Jones’s incredible abilities. In the show, we were also introduced to the hero Luke Cage. Cage has superhuman strength and agility as well as unbreakable skin. It’s possible that IGH experimented on both Jones and Cage. We know that IGH hasn't been mentioned in the comics before, making them an original creation for the shows, much like the Transia Corporation in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ultimately, what connects Transia as well as other TV-created companies to the comic book universe is that those companies were sub-companies of the now-eliminated organization Hydra. Taking that same corporate aspect, what if IGH is a sub-company of The Rand Corporation — a company that’ll soon be introduced in next year’s Iron Fist.
This company is owned by Daniel Rand, better known as the Iron Fist. Maybe this is how Iron Fist will come in contact with the Defenders, by him discovering that his father’s partner, Harold Meachum (Who also killed Rand’s father), was researching and experimenting on people. Additionally, maybe this is how we’ll see a Netflix crossover with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
IGH And The Absorbing Man
Let’s talk about Carl Creel, the Absorbing Man. When we were first introduced to Creel in Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we only learned that he got his powers from an experiment. It’s possible that IGH, the probable experimenters of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, also worked on Creel. We also know that long before he was brainwashed by Hydra, he was a boxer in Hell’s Kitchen and actually fought Daredevil’s father, as confirmed by Marvel Television executive Jeph Loeb. This puts Creel in the same proximity of the Rand Corporation, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil. If so, then an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.–Netflix crossover is probable in next year’s Iron Fist, The Defenders or as a possible Easter Egg or teaser in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (If we see Creel again).
In Season 3, Creel’s Hydra brainwashing was removed by the ATCU. Creel then became ATCU director Glen Talbot’s personal bodyguard. We last saw him in Episode 12, “The Inside Man,” where he rescued Talbot’s son from Gideon Malick. We haven't seen or heard from him since. If in fact Creel was experimented on by the same people who experimented on Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, then could we see Creel aid Cage, Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil in The Defenders? Or maybe he’ll be a principal villain in the Netflix miniseries?
What Happened During '6 Months Later'?
We need to be realistic. Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a television show that airs weekly, episode after episode, it would be extremely difficult to crossover into a platform that doesn’t utilize that same format (Netflix). It works perfectly fine for the CW’s set of DC shows to cross over, even when Supergirl was with CBS, because all of those shows follow the same TV guidelines and format. Even more, they are developed by the same person, Greg Berlanti. So in essence, a crossover between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Netflix shows is unlikely, but definitely not impossible. A perfect way this could presently work can be traced to the final scenes of Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ("6 Months Later").
In the six months that have passed after Hive was killed in space, Daisy could’ve come in contact with any of the characters from the Netflix shows, especially since she's been all around the country (New York included, check the map in the video). This could be explored this September in Luke Cage. Luke Cage premieres on the 30th while Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starts on the 20th. This premiere proximity could work fantastically for a crossover. Not only would it further solidify both shows’ connection within the MCU, but they would also be promoting their shows simultaneously. Since money is a big deal, that’s more reasons for ABC and Netflix to cross over, since they would be getting potential new viewers to their shows. Since Daisy went to New York in those six months, what if she met Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or Daredevil? The way she "shake things up," would definitely catch one of the future Defenders' attention.
What do you think? Will we ever see a definitive crossover between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a Marvel Netflix series? Leave it down in the comments!