In a surprising comeback of posts after a long while of silence, The Defenders Facebook page posted links that appear to be news reports from the fake Marvel news website, the New York Bulletin. The New York Bulletin can be found throughout the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both in newspapers and on TV. What caught my eye wasn't the familiar newspaper articles, but the comment section on the Facebook post. In the comments, Facebook user Daniel Farley commented, saying:
Need more info on that Spider guy we first saw in Germany fighting alongside Iron Man and is now apparently based in NYC???
Shockingly, The Defenders page replied:
What Does This Mean? If It Means Anything
As most of you already know, when it comes to the Netflix side of the #MCU, there isn't very much connection — or even any real references — to the broader MCU, save the occasional comments made by The Defenders about The Avengers.
However, according to Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, the reasoning behind a lack of crossover or cross references isn't because of legal rights, but the way the schedules lay out. In an interview with io9, Feige explained:
“It’s about finding the right way to do that, and the honest answer is, movies are developed so far in advance that a lot of those things weren’t done when we started to film. Or, if we were to do something in a film that absolutely handcuffs what the team can do in season 2 of whatever show, they don’t want to be handcuffed. They shouldn’t be handcuffed. It’s just finding the right time and right place to do it.”
It's isn't because Marvel doesn't necessarily want to, but this would have to be something planned far in advance. Both the TV series and movies would have to be studied inside out in for timeline errors, producers of TV shows would have to prepare a storyline solely inspired by previous interactions, and would be limited to what storylines are available, risking the show's quality.
Apparently, when The Defenders Facebook page made the comment, they weren't trying to out dodge legal jurisdiction. From what I can gather, Spider-Man isn't a very widely known hero across the MCU world yet, meaning most of his popularity would be across the Queens and now Washington. At the moment, The Defenders aren't aware of the current existence of the "Spider-Guy."
Will The Defenders Ever Crossover With The Big-Screen Or Other MCU TV Series?
Believe it or not, the Netflix Marvel TV side is far more connected to other MCU TV series than you may think. For example, does anyone remember that biker gang that appeared in Season 1, Episode 15 of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. who called themselves the Dogs Of Hell?
Well, as it turns out, the Dogs Of Hell are from the Dogs Of Hell's Kitchen. If you don't believe so, here they are in Season 2 of Daredevil at their HQ:
Crazy, right? Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb has been throwing these tiny hints at you the entire time. This is exactly why he always posts #ItsAllConnected when posting anything about The Defenders or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Twitter. If that weren't enough, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Absorbing Man a.k.a. Crusher Creel fought in the ring with Daredevil's dad in Season 1 of Daredevil.
Jack Murdock lost the fight to Crusher Creel, but mainly because it was rigged by Roscoe Sweeney in Creel's favor. After the fight, Jack Murdock was mysteriously "murdered," and I think we all know who did it (or at least ordered it).
It's surprising how connected the #MCU really is. According to Jeph Loeb, an Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D./The Defenders crossover will happen. At the New York Comic-Con Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel, when asked about a potential crossover, Loeb said subtly:
“Fair question. The answer is: Stay tuned.”
When and if the crossover happens, it will forever change the way viewers perceive the MCU, and for the best. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter are obviously far more connected to the big screen side of the MCU than the Netflix side, so bringing the two together would kind of seal the deal, if that makes sense. Hopefully there are more Easter Eggs to come in The Defenders, which releases August 18!
Do you want to see The Defender crossover with the big-screen?