As Marvel's initial attempts to bring Daredevil onto the big-screen had resulted in the critically berated 2003 movie with Ben Affleck, fans were wary how things would pan out in their second attempt with a Netflix series. However, once Charlie Cox charmed everyone as Matt Murdock and kicked ass as the vigilante of Hell's Kitchen, all their doubts were expunged – thereby leading to a grounded, interconnected web of heroes called the Defenders.
Although Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and The Defenders consisted of several nods to the cosmic events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans began to notice that a certain "ugly building in New York" was missing from the show's skyline. Considering how the shows are based in and around Manhattan, the Executive Vice President of Marvel Television Joseph Loeb, was asked to clarify this continuity error.
“In many ways, being less specific helps the audience understand that this could be on any street corner. Where we’re sitting right now, I can see the Empire State Building, but if we were sitting 30 blocks that way, I wouldn’t be able to see the Empire State Building. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means that we can’t see it from where we are.”
By now ardent fans have noticed that the Marvel TV and cinematic universes deliberately try to avoid the possibility of a crossover. While satisfying viewers with tons of Easter Eggs and quality entertainment is acceptable, questioning our ability to judge the topography of New York isn't fair.
It's certainly true that the heroes on #Netfix don't have sophisticated gadgets like Tony Stark's suit or the natural ability to fly, and are thus forced to fight their battles on the ground. However, that doesn't explain the lack of Avengers Tower when the shows tends to showcase aerial shots of the city. Although Loeb is correct in mentioning that buildings aren't visible from the ground if it's 30 blocks away, the reason why the building's distinct design isn't visible when we can clearly see further than 30 blocks into the New York City skyline is debatable.
It was established in The Avengers and Age of Ultron that the Avengers Tower is a few blocks away from 39th Street and behind Grand Central Terminal. That's why the building's absence from Rand Corporation's surroundings, which is two blocks away from the Avenger's Tower at 46th street and Vanderbilt ave, makes Loeb's argument questionable. In addition to that, as the Tower was nowhere to be seen when Jessica left Bryant Subway Station, which is three blocks away from Grand Central, it seems odd to blame New York's geography.
The Real Reason We Don't See The Avengers Tower On TV
Before dividing into two different sub-companies, Marvel Studios (under Kevin Feige) and Marvel Television (under Joseph Loeb) used to work directly under Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter's jurisdiction. However, due to an apparent fallout between Feige and Perlmutter, Disney decided to separate the workload. This resulted in the formation of the Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios (who reported to Disney CEO Bob Iger) and the Loeb-led Marvel Television (who reported to Perlmutter).
As Marvel Studios is overseen by Disney, their focus on a younger demographic created the humorous and violence-free blockbusters that we see in theaters. On the other hand, since Netflix didn't have such restrictions on the gore and violence, Loeb utilized the R-rating to portray gritty heroes and heroines like Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny. So, in addition to the reportedly bad blood between the two auxiliary studios, as the tone and themes they present are vastly different, this is the primary reason why the shows don't go beyond verbal references.
Considering how these corporate complications can bog viewers down while watching their favorite superheroes, Marvel fans can simply live by the notion that the shows and the movies exist in parallel universes. As it has been hinted at by Anthony Mackie, we can assume that the events of Midland Circle and Civil War are happening simultaneously, but in alternate dimensions – much like how Marvel Comics operates. However, as Feige has hinted at a #MCU reboot after Avengers 4, fans have to wait and see if that eases out the differences between the studios and leads to an Avengers Tower cameo on Netflix.
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