I feel like every article I write this last two weeks has a spoiler warning in front of it, but I guess that’s the nature of where we are right now. So once again, warning for SPOILERS if you have not yet had the chance to check out Avengers: Endgame!
One of the most dramatic moments of Avengers: Endgame was the rest of the Avengers crew, including those previously dusted by Thanos coming through all those portals made by Doctor Strange and the other sorcerers to join the battle against Thanos and his armies. It really was a case of almost everyone appearing, including most of Wakanda’s forces. In fact, the only heroes that didn’t arrive that are canonically in the MCU were the Netflix TV show stars of The Defenders. When New York Times interviewed Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely they discussed why that was never really an option.
McFeely: We would have to introduce these five characters – or whatever many. We already are assuming people have seen a lot of the movies. Are we really going to assume they have bought a subscription to Netflix and watched those shows enough so that when they see them, they’re going to go “yay?”
Markus: It also screws up the timelines. You would have to assume that they all got snapped away, or otherwise they might have shown up earlier. I think the only character who has come from TV to the movies is Jarvis, James D’Arcy [from Agent Carter].
Now, this is a decision I totally agree with in the context of the movie universe. Endgame has a lot of fan service in it, and some of that was just delightful, but there is a danger of going too far with it. For me, if the likes of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones etc had all showed up without any introduction on film, then it would have felt cheesy to me. It would be a different scenario if they had already appeared in Infinity War, but really there was no place for them in that movie. The Defenders are hardly public figures save perhaps Luke Cage and even then it’s a Harlem level of famous, rather than global. There would have been simply no reason for them to become involved after Ebony Maw had left New York with Strange and Tony/Peter stowed away.
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Saying that, we had a bit of fun amongst the staff here at LRM, envisioning Jon Bernthal’s Punisher appearing through one of the portals with a machine gun and shouting “Russooooo!”
Do you agree with Markus and McFeely’s assessment of why The Defenders really couldn’t have appeared in that final battle? Defend your position in the usual chat spot below.
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SOURCE: New York Times