One of the most unusual things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that, despite having now existed for nine whole years, it's actually pretty difficult to define just what it is. After all, for every stickler who argues that it's the core movies and nothing more, there's inevitably another fan who considers Marvel's TV shows to be part of the MCU too. With several key figures at Marvel — including both Joss Whedon and Charlie "Daredevil" Cox — suggesting that the two halves of Marvel's on-screen world are technically separate. However, the latter option may simply be wishful thinking. And yet, Nick Fury and Maria Hill have shown up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Netflix shows rarely go 10 minutes without mentioning "the incident" in New York, as shown in The Avengers — so surely the two universes are connected, at least in part?
The mystery remains tightly tangled, then, but it seems that Marvel's latest hero to get his very own solo series, Luke Cage, might have his own idea of how things are going to play out. Y'see...
Mike 'Luke Cage' Colter Doesn't Think The Hero Will Show Up In Any Marvel Movies
As Colter recently told Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM:
"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."
Which, if taken at face value, would seem to suggest that Colter is on board with the idea that that the two halves of the MCU could connect, but isn't convinced that they necessarily should. That being said, he also noted that:
"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."
In other words? Mike Colter is totally down to play Luke Cage in Avengers: Infinity War (or beyond), but that doesn't mean that it's all that likely to happen.
Want more about Luke Cage to get you over that blow? We've got you covered with a whole lot of Easter Eggs, a guide to what to watch next, and a surprising connection to Captain America: Civil War.
In the meantime, what do you think? Are Marvel's TV shows and movies really connected? Let us know below!