Marvel has done well creating their shared movie universe, displaying far better execution with their properties than their rival DC Comics. Using 2008’s Iron Man as a launching pad, The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become a box office juggernaut, executing phase after phase with near perfection.
While having massive success in theaters, Marvel has slowly been building a secondary universe on the small screen. Beginning in 2013 with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC, and then teaming up with Netflix to bring a grittier, more adult show with 2015’s Daredevil. Marvel’s movie universe tends to make use of the bigger and more mainstream characters, while the TV shows have focused on the lesser known Marvel properties such as Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.
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With several new shows set to arrive, including Inhumans, Defenders, and Runaways, fans are back to bringing up the question: Will marvel’s cinematic and television universes ever crossover? Sure, fans would love to see characters such as Luke Cage or Daredevil on screen fighting alongside Tony Stark and the rest of the Avengers, but how likely is it to happen?
“Its about finding the right way to do that,” Marvel studio head, Kevin Feige told io9 last year. The apprehensiveness of Feige and Marvel to blend the two universes is understandable, as the studio has been calculating in the execution of their properties. Crossing over the two universes would require an extensive timeline map of the shows and movies to come.
“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.”
While the man behind Marvel has not ruled out an eventual crossover, it doesn’t appear as if the studio currently has anything in the works. Between that, and the continued bifurcation between Marvel Studios and Marvel Entertainment as a whole, it seemed like any future collaboration on a massive scale was out of the question.
However, in a new interview with io9, Feige seemed less willing to rule out a crossover than he did the year prior.
“The future’s a long time. So, the truth is, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of TV shows being made, and hopefully we’ll continue to make a lot of movies. At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something.”
Marvel has been incredibly good to fans since setting their plan in motion. Judging by previous success Marvel knows what is best for their characters. And if Feige is simply waiting for the right time to execute a crossover fans will have to wait patiently and trust in his vision, as he hasn’t done us wrong yet.
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