One of the most anticipated films in the MCU, 'Captain America: Civil War', has finally been released around the US, making now a great time to talk more openly about spoilers and how it connects to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More specifically, how do the revelations that came from Civil War affect the Netflix corner of the universe?
Looking for assistance to bring Captain America in, Tony Stark goes to Queens to recruit Peter Parker, also known as Spider-Man. In fact, it's revealed that the billionaire, playboy, philanthropist has been keeping an eye on the web-head's heroic efforts around New York for a while.
But how did he do it, and who else does Stark know about?
During an interview with Comicbook.com, 'Civil War' co-writer Christopher Markus, talked about the logical explanation for Tony Stark knowing about Spider-Man. Here's what he said:
"I think he's been keeping tabs. I think he might know about everybody. Tony has A.I. somewhere running crime statistics. He can see where it's going up and heroes might be needed and where it's going down and there might be heroes. It's why he built Ultron in the first place."
This is where things get interesting. Markus reveals that Tony not only knows about Parker, but that he "might know about EVERYBODY" by running crime statistics around the world, including these guys featured in the trailer below:
As fans of Marvel's Netflix shows, we know that there are quite a few active superheroes within this universe, namely Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. Given the events of each show, would it be any harder to track down these superheroes in comparison to Peter Parker?
Some may say that if Stark knew about these characters, why don't they feature within the movie? However, there's a very good reason for this.
Why Marvel's Netflix heroes don't show up in Civil War
There should be no doubt that these worlds are connected, as some events in 'Jessica Jones' are a direct result of the Avengers' battle in New York, as well as "the incident" being the reason Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson got their office at an extremely low price. But the answer as to why they didn't show up in Civil War is simple. On April, 2016, Markus revealed why the Netflix characters were not considered for 'Civil War', saying this:
"When we were writing this, there weren't any Netflix characters. Daredevil came out right before we started shooting. So, frankly, no because we can't juggle that.
We had as many characters as we could handle in the movie. You could tell - it works but it's close. It's busting at the seams. If you had two more people who you had to give four beats to and give them an organic little arc, now you're at three hours. You're taxing my patience."
This is, of course, the real-life explanation for Daredevil's absence, but what about the fictional reason as to why Stark chose to speak with Spidey over Dardevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cake? It could be that Spider-Man was just his preferred choice - but it could also be that Stark has other plans for these heroes.
Note: I don't include Danny Rand in this due to him just arriving in New York City with his new powers when his series starts, meaning "Iron Fist" did not exist during 'Civil War'.
If Stark is keeping tabs on "everybody", it means he will eventually know about Iron Fist and Frank Castle, as their adventures gain more and more recognition (The Punisher has since been green-lit for his own series). In fact, Frank Castle should already be hugely famous due to his involvement in one of the most famous trials in the history of the MCU. With that in mind, it is inevitable that these two worlds will collide sooner or later, and Stark may be the catalyst - just as he was with Spider-Man. Which leads me on to my final question to you all...