The live-action Marvel Universe has a wealth of spellbinding characters, all ready and willing to fight for what they believe in. So far, the Cinematic Universe hasn't been shy about including many of these superheroes; Captain America: Civil War alone has the most we've ever seen crammed into one feature film.
Away from the big screen, Netflix has been quickly building a plethora of Marvel-based crime-fighting vigilantes (and villains, for that matter) across its hit shows. These include the rebooted and critically acclaimed Daredevil, which features Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock and Jon Bernthal as the Punisher.
On top of the already released Jessica Jones, Netflix will also be working on a solo Luke Cage series, a recently announced Punisher series, and work on bringing the Defenders to the small screen. In addition, two other Marvel TV shows — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter — are broadcast on ABC.
'The Marvel Universe Is Sprawling'
But what are the chances of ever seeing our favorite TV characters making the transition to the big screen? After Civil War, the next big Marvel collaboration will be Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (2018). In an interview with BadTaste.it, Joe Russo responded to a question on the subject:
"The Marvel Universe is sprawling — the Marvel Cinematic Universe is enormous. Just think of all the characters that haven't been introduced yet that are going to be introduced by the time that we're working on 'Infinity War.' So we have a tough task just telling the stories of the characters who exist [on the big screen] in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let alone thinking about adding the entire Marvel Television universe."
As exciting as the prospect is, it looks like this isn't happening anytime soon. Although they don't outright dismiss the idea, it certainly seems like the Russos won't be attempting to bring TV characters to the screen in time for Infinity War, instead opting to focus on those who already occupy space in the MCU.
Although understandable, it is still a shame. Imagine seeing the Defenders cameo, Daredevil teaming up with Spider-Man, or Frank Castle generally blowing stuff to smithereens. Perhaps one day.
Avengers: Infinity War is released on May 4, 2018.
Would you like to see Marvel's TV characters make the transition to the big screen?