The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been spread across a number of formats: Movies, TV, and shorts. Unfortunately, so far, the movie side of things has been pretty separated from the TV corner. For years, #KevinFeige and the folks at Marvel have been bombarded by questions of when we'll see those two sides interact in a significant way, particularly once the Marvel Netflix shows launched. And to this day, the answer has been a veiled "never."
Nowa beam of hope has come through our metaphorical windows. Because this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming might be the connective tissue between the Netflix shows and movies we've been begging for for such a long time.
Director #JonWatts sat down with Fandango for an interview. There, he was asked about whether we should expect any cool Easter Eggs in his first contribution to the MCU. Watts replied:
"Yes, I love that kind of stuff. I love that element – Marvel movies especially because it’s such a dense universe. Our movie is exploring the ground-level version of it – a ground-level perspective of it. So the opportunity to hide things here and there for the eagle-eye fan to spot is something that I really, really relish."
This statement makes we wonder something...
Could Spidey More Closely Unite The Movie And TV Sides Of The MCU?
Obviously, Easter Eggs are a pivotal part of superhero movies, so the fact that Homecoming will come packed with tantalizing teases is not a surprise. What is interesting though, is the way Watts phrased his response. He essentially said that Spidey gives us a view of the lower part of the larger-than-life MCU, and that gave him the opportunity to place #EasterEggs that matched the hero's grounded nature.
As we all know, the only prominent characters currently operating on the MCU's ground level—and definitely in the same region as Spidey—are Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Just like Watts cleverly teased, it would be much easier to reference them and their worlds in Homecoming's setting. While the #Netflix shows have made numerous references to the events of the movies, particularly the Battle of New York, it hasn't gone both ways; the movies never tie back to the Netflix shows or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
It wouldn't even need to be a significant mention or an appearance by them. Simply an acknowledgement that the characters exist in the same universe. For example, by showing a Rand Enterprises billboard or marketing material.
That's a possibility that seems much more likely when we take into account that...
People From Both Sides Of The MCU Are Down For A Crossover
It's not only the fanbase asking for a crossover. People involved in both sides of the franchise have expressed their interest in the mash-up. And there are two pieces of evidence that show the Netflix shows could have a special connection with Spider-Man.
Back in 2016, during an interview with MTV, #CharlieCox discussed how Daredevil could fit into the larger MCU through comic book storylines, and he described one that specifically involved the web slinger:
"I’d love to see Peter Parker and Daredevil hang out. There’s a wonderful issue of the comics where Matt Murdock has to defend Daredevil, because the public don’t know, and so he has Peter Parker put on his Daredevil outfit so that he can sit in the docks. You know, great storyline."
Furthermore, a little-known fact is that #TomHolland and #JonBernthal (our current Punisher) are great friends. In fact, they made a video of themselves together interacting as Spidey and Frank Castle for their respective Marvel auditions. Holland recalled the anecdote while speaking to Comingsoon.net:
“We were making tapes from Ireland in the process of getting him cast in Spider-Man and then he and I made a tape for The Punisher. During this independent movie that we did in Ireland we were constantly making tapes for Marvel — just acting together.”
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That kind of friendship could definitely encourage the actor to push Marvel and Jon Watts to put at least a reference to the street-level characters of the #MCU. After all, even Kevin Feige stated that a crossover between the shows and movies was inevitable:
“I think that’s inevitable at some point, as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows [...] going forward, and certainly as they do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have—particularly in Daredevil—that may occur. But the reality of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season then by the time the movie comes out they’d be done with the second and starting the third season, so finding timing on that is not always easy.”
If #SpiderManHomecoming does end up acknowledging the Netflix series, that would at least chip away at the barrier between the television and movie sides of the universe. Of course, keep in mind this is just speculation on my part, but it's a definite (and incredibly exciting) possibility. Who would have imagined that #SpiderMan would open the door to a whole other world of possibilities?