Due to the lack of references on both sides, you may not even remember that the Marvel Netflix shows are a part of the same Marvel Cinematic Universe as Marvel Studios' Avengers series of films. Sure, civilians on the different shows love to reference "the incident," but why didn't anyone recruit the "Devil of Hell's Kitchen" as a teammate in Captain America: Civil War? Isn't Luke Cage a more valuable asset than Hawkeye? Is Iron Man not upset Iron Fist stole half of his name (surely Tony Stark has a copyright on "Iron")? As for Jessica Jones, well, she wouldn't play well with others.
To be fair, aside from Doctor Strange, the recent films in the MCU haven't spent any notable time in New York City, home to these Netflix heroes who will become The Defenders later this year. But with Spider-Man not only operating in their city, but also fighting smaller level villains than Tony Stark, Captain America, or Thor, it is odd that not one of The Defenders would appear, let alone not be referenced in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Yet, there is no plan to tie these New York heroes closer together. Screen Rant asked Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Eric Carroll if Spider-Man knows Daredevil or Luke Cage:
"Not specifically referenced in this movie, no. I think that’s something we all think would be really fun and it’s definitely a card I would love to see played, if not sooner rather than later. But as of now, it’s not referenced in this movie."
This lack of interplay between the Marvel Netflix & ABC shows and the films has been a sore point for fans. Some, like myself, are left wondering what's the point of inter-connectivity if there really isn't any. The films have influenced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more than the Netflix shows, but this stream doesn't flow both ways. There has been no mention in the films that the man whose death brought the Avengers together, Agent Phil Coulson, is actually alive. No one scouted Hell's Kitchen for talent in Captain America: Civil War. It's disappointing, to say the least.
Would you like any of the movies to at least reference The Defenders or Coulson? Or are there too many characters and Easter Eggs in the films as they stand now? Let us know in the comments below!
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