Disclaimer this post contains major SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War.
Making the Marvel Cinematic Universe work on the big screen has been fantastically well done so far by Marvel Studios. However, it would also be fair to say, that their little cousin on the TV side has sometimes felt like it’s hardly connected to the bigger events at all. Things started well on Netflix for Marvel, with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Daredevil Season 2. However, on a personal level, I have been less than impressed with everything that’s come so far. I do not, however, feel that any of the TV series weakness comes from a lack of connectivity to the big screen movies, instead, each show has had its own varying problems for me.
There is one thing fans have been wondering about with the TV show connectivity. Will the ending of Avengers: Infinity War start to have a ripple effect on the TV side of things? Well, the answer is a resounding no, for now at least. Marvel TV’s top man Jeph Loeb recently did an AMA on Reddit and you can catch some of the other important things he mentioned in the related section below. He was asked specifically about how the Thanos snap would come into play on the TV side of things. Loeb confirmed that all current TV series in production are set before Infinity War in the Marvel timeline, meaning they do not have to worry about losing half of their cast in the middle of a Season.
I think even the most passionate fans could probably understand why this decision was made. For one thing, the timeline in 4-5 differing TV shows is far harder to place than in the movie universe. So where would they incorporate this event happening in each show? What realistically can you do to suddenly take away half of your cast and not have that take the sole focus of the show from that point on? Dramatically it’s suicide for them to even try. The one show I felt may attempt this was Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, which has always had the closest ties to the movie side of things. They alone in my mind might have gotten away with it and used it to their advantage.
So the likes of Luke Cage Season 2, Punisher Season 2, Daredevil Season 3 and Iron Fist Season 2 will all be set chronologically before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. I don’t think we can commit to saying Agents of SHIELD at this point because the final season of that show won’t now hit screens till 2019, probably around the time Avengers 4 is releasing. One would assume that whatever happens in Avengers 4, will be the way the universe, including the TV side, moves ahead. After all, we don’t think the Avengers are going to lose twice do we?
Do you agree with the TV side of the MCU staying away from Infinity War for now, or do you think that all current productions should deal with the consequences of Thanos snap? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: Jeph Loeb ( Via Reddit)