– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, while lighting up box offices with each new movie that hits theaters, has been hit or miss when bringing their stories to the small screen. While the MCU is having great success on Netflix with the likes of Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the great Jessica Jones, Agents of SHIELD, the show that started the MCU on the small screen, has been hit or miss. Coming later this year, ABC will debut another show from Marvel Studios, a pet project from Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, The Inhumans.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Jed Whedon commented on the possibility of a crossover between the two ABC shows. 

“Without being able to say anything really about that show, it will have its own world, just as we tried to start our own world,” he told press including Digital Spy. “Whether or not there’s a crossover, we will see.”

Jed also had this to say.

“Everything is connected, and that’s fun to play with,” Whedon said. “But the point of our show is to be our show, and we want our fans to be rewarded for watching it without having to watch everything else.

“But we also want there to be a bigger reward for people who watch all of them, so that they’ll start to see that there’s lines connecting it. It’s more fun for people who are playing the whole game, but if you don’t, you’ll still have a great rollercoaster ride.”

A show on network television has a number of things going against it in today’s entertainment world, especially a show that has it’s toes in other waters like Agents of SHIELD. Agents of SHIELD has the unenviable task of trying to create its own world with its own set of characters while still reminding fans that the show is a small part of a much bigger world. The problem with Agents of SHIELD is that they really haven’t followed up on the supposed links to the bigger Marvel world apart from a cameo from Nick Fury in Season 1. Christopher Markus, one of the screenwriters of The Avengers: Infinity War, had this to say to IGN on the logistics of trying to include Marvel’s television universe with the movie universe.

“A lot of it is a pace thing in that we have to have this thing done so much ahead of time, that they might get all the way through that Defenders show before we start shooting, certainly before anything comes out. So we don’t know where they’re going to be. It’s very hard logistically to keep even the movie characters synced up. It’s nearly impossible given the speed that TV cranks out the changes.”

With The Inhumans filming in Imax, Marvel is going out of their way to make this show as successful as it can be. A crossover with the cast of Agents of SHIELD would probably be more of a distraction at this point for a property that needs to do a lot to make people interested in it. Marvel wants to have a property involving special people that can one day exceed the popularity of the X-Men, a property whose movie rights are currently owned by 20th Century Fox. Including characters from a mid-level hit like Agents of SHIELD would do more to distracts viewers than anything at this point. If the show is truly going to be successful, it really needs to do that with no help from anyone else in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, if the show is successful, maybe we’ll get a live action Kamala Khan/ Ms. Marvel show or movie for which I’ll be eternally grateful.

So what do you think? Are you disappointed to hear that Agents of SHIELD cast members may not show up on The Inhumans? Are you excited to see what The Inhumans can bring to the small screen? Do you wish the Marvel television universe would have more of a presence in the movies? Sound off in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.