UPDATE: HitFix has gone on record to state that the rumor from Bleeding Cool is not true, and that “Inhumans” is still definitely happening. As a result, there are certain characters that will be off-limits to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
No one can say that Marvel lacks ambition.
Over the course of the past eight or so years, they’ve singlehandedly revolutionized the superhero movie genre into something much greater. With the company’s implementation of its shared universe, no longer does a superhero stand on his own to face even greater foes. It’s a strategy that’s worked so well that DC is still playing catch-up on the whole thing. But Marvel’s taken it one step further than a simple cinematic universe. On top of the movies tying in, they’ve gone to extra lengths to make sure that their television shows tie in as well.
From shows like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to “Agent Carter,” they work hard make sure that the movies and TV series are all in sync…well sort of.
If it hasn’t been blatantly apparent, TV has been playing this game, but the movies have been doing whatever they felt like. In other words, Marvel Television has been saddled with the task of making sure they don’t contradict the movies, and Marvel Studios runs off and does whatever it wants. Marvel Television occasionally pulls in anMCU character, but Marvel Studios seems perfectly content to pretend the television world doesn’t exist. It’s a shared universe, but only sort of. At least until recently.
For some time, it seemed like the two worlds would collide–what with the Inhumans plot points showing up in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Inhumans” eventually coming as a Marvel Studios movie–but it seems like that may never come to fruition.
The problem lies within the company’s infrastructure. Despite the fact that they all fall under the Marvel banner, Marvel Studios answers to Disney, and Marvel Television answers to Marvel Entertainment.The two are each very distinct and separate entities, and it was a problem that was bound to implode at one point or another.
According to Bleeding Cool, Marvel Studios is planning on wiping the “Inhumans” movie off its slate altogether.
Is this a result of some feud between Kevin Feige and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter? If you’ll recall, several weeks back, Feige and Marvel Studios officially got its freedom from Perlmutter, and its very possible the latter man didn’t take things so lightly.
Of course that’s all just speculation based on a potentially baseless rumor, so I’d hate to get carried away with that, but either way, if this is true, we could see a very real split between Marvel movies and Marvel TV.
Perhaps DC had it right all along in keeping their mediums split. After all, coordination between two very big studios (and mediums) is a difficult thing to maintain–not to mention how creatively constricting it all could become over time. And lastly, you want to make sure that each product is accessible enough for fans to hop into at any point, and that’s hard to do if you’re maintaining a cross-medium canon.
What do you guys think of this rumor? If Marvel Studios and TV are indeed having some trouble, would you like to see them kiss and make up, or go their separate ways? Let us know your comments down below!