Ever since the first season of Daredevil released on Netflix, people were blown away by the more mature side of the #Marvel Cinematic Universe. Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were all dark, bloody and featured plenty of awesome action. Even Iron Fist, while eliciting a more meagre reception from audiences, still contained some cool ideas and strong performances from Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick. So, it's no surprise that fans have been wanting to see #TheDefenders team up with the Avengers on the big screen.
Unfortunately, Marvel Studios has constantly denied any plans for the TV side of the MCU crossing over with the movies. However, Finn Jones has been promoting The Defenders like crazy on his Instagram, taking pictures of himself and his co-stars while on tour in Tokyo, the exact same location where Avengers 4 started filming late last month.
Could this just be Finn Jones having fun on holiday or could he be hinting at #Avengers4 finally giving us the ultimate team-up that we've been looking for? There are some clues to support the theory.
The Mysterious Casting Call
Back in early July, Omega Underground claimed to uncover a casting call for Avengers 4 extras, stating that they were looking for actors that fit a certain description including Japanese backgrounds and ages between 20 and 49. The full casting call details are listed below.
- *Japanese Gangsters (Background/Extras):
- Male 20-49
- Slender build, this will be a night shoot and will involve rain work and facial prosthetics.
- *Japanese Cafe Patrons (Background/Extras):
- Females and Males 18-80
A lot of fans speculated that this casting call may have confirmed the inclusion of the Yakuza in Avengers 4. While the organization hasn't even been referenced in a #MCU movie, the Yakuza has been a driving villainous force on Marvel's television side.
#Daredevil went head to head with the Yakuza in both season 1 and 2. In the show, Wilson Fisk allies himself with the organization by doing business with one of their leaders, Nobu. In season two, it was revealed that the Yakuza was actually just a puppet for the classic ninja organization, The Hand. The group then continued to be an antagonistic threat in Iron Fist, which premiered earlier this year in March.
Marvel Has Been Quite Secretive Lately
In the past year, Marvel has been upping their secret game, to the point where their actors aren't even allowed to read the full script to #AvengersInfinityWar. Back in January, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen stated in an interview that they still had no clue what their role was in the film, even days before shooting started. Dave Bautista hilariously went to Twitter to confirm that he was in the same boat.
Tom Holland has been denied the right to read the entire Infinity War script due to his inability to keep a secret. Even Emily Vancamp stated in an interview with Deadline that, for the longest time, she had no idea whether or not she was actually in Avengers: Infinity War. She even says that Marvel could call a day before you shoot, right out of the blue.
"No idea. With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don’t know what’s going on with their movies because they’re very secretive."
Kevin Feige And Other Marvel Actors Want A Crossover As Well
For the longest time, Kevin Feige stated on several occasions that Marvel Studios had zero plans to crossover the Avengers with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or Iron Fist. However, after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, he seemed to have a change of heart and stated in an interview with io9 that he is hopeful that a crossover will happen soon.
"The future’s a long time. So, the truth is, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of TV shows being made, and hopefully we’ll continue to make a lot of movies. At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something."
Last year, Vincent D'Onofrio, who portrays Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, was heavily rumored to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, due to the character's popularity on the '90s animated Spider-Man show. Unfortunately, D'Onofrio took to Twitter to deny any involvement with the film but also stated that he would have liked to see the crossover happen.
Chloe Bennett, who plays Daisy Johnson/Quake on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has been very vocal in the past about feeling like an outsider to the MCU. During an interview at Comic Con last year, Bennett was presented with the question of who she would like to see make an appearance on the show. She had a few answers.
"I really loved Yo-Yo. I actually thought that before I was Daisy Johnson, I might be Yo-Yo. I was so stoked to have her come on. And I think that her powers are so cool. Because she can go as fast and as far within a heartbeat. I think there is something very poetic about that, and I like it. But I am kind of, like, ready for Steve Rogers to make an appearance on our show. I’d be ok with that. And like, where’s Romanoff? Where’s the Avengers? Or maybe Robert Downy Jr. as Robert Downy Jr. That would be kinda nice."
However, this seemed to light fire in her belly as she soon went on a mini tangent about how the Marvel movies ignore her show. When asked why the Avengers would not want to get involved with her team's adventures against Hive, she had an appropriate response.
"I don’t know. People who make movies for Marvel, why don’t you acknowledge what happens on our show? Why don’t you guys go ask them that? Cause they don’t seem to care!"
"I would love [crossing over]. The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all. So, I would love to do that, but they don’t seem to keen on that idea."
Unfortunately, Other Marvel Actors Have Rejected The Idea Of A Crossover
While some Marvel actors have expressed hope in a future crossover, others have shot down the idea. Anthony Mackie, who portrays Falcon, has stated that a crossover between the movies and TV shows would not work, due to the conflicting interests of different companies:
"Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs. Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world. It wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t work at all."
#LukeCage actor Mike Colter has also said that the adult-oriented world of the Netflix series would not mix well with the PG-13 world that the movies have been building since 2008.
"What we do is really unique…We’re adult kind of oriented. We’re not PG-13. We’re not really for the mass audiences, crowd pleasing, family oriented. We have sex scenes. We have, you know, adult situations, and while I think it’d be nice to be in the films, I don’t know if we want to dilute what we’re doing that makes us very unique."
However, he still states that if Marvel could work out a deal, they definitely should. He's not crazy after all.
"That being said, you know Marvel, if they can make it work I’m sure it’d be nice, but it’s really scheduling. They schedule movies years in advance, we’re shooting TV series year round. It’s very tough to just kind of make things just work the way you want to because it’s just so much going on."
A crossover between the Marvel's film and TV divisions would be something special for all Marvel fans to witness. The only question is, does Marvel have it in them to give the fans what they want? If you have been watching the MCU since 2008, you probably already know the answer.
Would you like to see a crossover between Marvel's film and TV universes?