(WARNING: The following contains theoretical — albeit entirely speculative — SPOILERS for future Marvel Cinematic Universe-based projects, including Avengers: Infinity War and Netflix's The Defenders. Proceed with whatever level of theoretical caution that suggests to you is wise.)
Now, with Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon — and only two years away from hitting theaters — it's perhaps not all that surprising that thoughts are beginning to turn to one of the burning questions at its very core: Will Marvel's Netflix-based heroes make an appearance? After all, it's long been speculated that the likes of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage could play their part in Infinity War, despite much murmuring to the contrary by key creative figures.
As it turns out, though, the bigger question might just be less whether Netflix characters will be coming to the mainstream movie MCU, and more whether someone from the movies could be coming to Netflix. Specifically...
Could Tom Hiddleston's Loki Be Heading To Netflix?
Yup, that's right. That Loki. The Norse trickster God responsible for stealing scenes throughout two Thor films and the first Avengers movie.
The reason for that suspicion?
Well, it turns out that Hiddleston is rather keen to appear on screen alongside his old friend Charlie Cox (a.k.a. Marvel's Daredevil). As he put it in an interview with the New York Daily News a few weeks ago:
"Well, that would be a fun day at the office."
Which, along with Hiddleston's suggestion that:
“In some hypothetical world, I don’t quite know when, for Loki and Dr. Strange to share the same frame would be very exciting indeed."
...it would seem to suggest that the idea of old friends Hiddleston, Cox and Benedict "Doctor Strange" Cumberbatch sharing a screen is something that has at least been considered by the actors themselves. Of course, that begs the question:
Why On Earth Would Loki End Up On Netflix?
After all, even if we suppose that Hiddleston and company's inclination to appear alongside one another has some bearing on the MCU's decision-making — something that remains unclear — the Netflix universe is surely not the most obvious place for that to happen. Instead, Avengers: Infinity War would seem the most obvious destination for an epic British superhero crossover, what with its already established plans for both a vast cast and some universe-threatening villainy.
The thing is, though, there's no guarantee that we'll see anyone from the Netflix universe turn up in Avengers: Infinity War. As one of the movie's co-directors Joe Russo recently put it, while promoting Captain America: Civil War:
"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."
Which, while not exactly a complete dismissal of Netflix's heroes' chances of making it into Infinity War, is certainly cause to maintain a little doubt. Instead, then...
Could We See Loki (And Doctor Strange) Come To Netflix?
After all, the window in which Cox, Hiddleston and Cumberbatch are all playing living, breathing characters in the MCU may not be open for all that long. And who knows what Phase Four will bring? If, then, the actors are truly determined to appear alongside one another in the MCU, it's not impossible to imagine Hiddleston and Cumberbatch offering to lower their asking prices in order to film small supporting roles in, say, Netflix's The Defenders.
After all, the Netflix side of the MCU is seemingly about to head right down a magic-themed rabbit hole, with Iron Fist firmly embedded in the mystical. Why not have the Defenders — largely made up of "punch-first, learn about magical solutions never" sort of heroes — seek out a more specialized New York-based hero for some brief, fan-pleasing assistance?
And if the Defenders are already going to be hanging with Doctor Strange, why not have the plot require a brief communion with a certain Norse God? After all, there's really no better way to get millions of new fans to watch The Defenders than to allow word to get out that it features a Hiddleston/Cumberbatch crossover event. You'll be able to see the sheer quantity of minds being blown from space.
Alternatively, of course, Marvel could just throw the trio together in Infinity War and be done with it — or ignore the potential fan-servicing entirely, safe in the knowledge that the company's entire existence is arguably fan-servicing enough.
But it sure would be neat, no?
What do you think, then?
Do you think we could see Loki, Doctor Strange and Daredevil appear together in 'The Defenders'?
via NY Daily News