The Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing each and every day to include more characters from all different places in time and space. Two years ago Marvel Studios and James Gunn introduced the world to the Guardians of the Galaxy, led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), with the reception allowing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to come out next year. Marvel will be expanding to three movies a year starting with Vol. 2, but they have much more on their plate with TV shows lined up on ABC, Freeform, Hulu, and Netflix.
Earlier this year, season 2 of Daredevil brought Punisher into the MCU as well, played by Jon Bernthal. He has since had his own spin-off show announced, with fans eager to see more from the anti-hero. If Chris Pratt has it his way, fans would see Punisher appearing in Avengers: Infinity War alongside the Guardians and every other Marvel movie hero.
Pratt is out promoting his upcoming film The Magnificent Seven, but while speaking to We Got This Covered, the topic turned to his hopeful team up. Even though the MCU motto is “It’s all connected,” we have not seen many characters crossover from movies to TV or vice versa. That is not stopping Pratt from hoping to crossover with Punisher in a few years with it being exciting for him on multiple levels. Pratt said:
Oh, gosh. I don’t know. I’ll have to leave all that to Marvel, releasing who’s going to fight what. Me personally, I don’t even know the right answer to that. If I say the wrong thing I’ll get in trouble by Marvel or by the fans. It’d be awesome – I would like Peter Quill to meet the Punisher. He’s not in the movies, but if I’m talking Marvel Cinematic Universe, I think it’d be cool for Peter Quill. Punisher was my favorite growing up so that’d be cool for me to meet him.
There is no denying the popularity of either of these characters, but it is ultimately unlikely that the two ever share the screen. Contractual rights and restrictions that are far too complex make it difficult for characters to appear on both platforms, with no character outside of Nick Fury appearing again on film after a stint on television. Characters such as Phil Coulson, Peggy Carter, and even Lady Sif have made appearances on television, but so far have not and likely will not appear again – unless Sif does have a role in Thor: Ragnarok after all.
If Marvel is somehow able to work on the contractual reasons to let this happen, it would not just be cool for Pratt, but for fans of the MCU as well. It is hard to imagine Frank Castle easily coming to terms with Quill being a human with a surprising father figure and one of the biggest heroes in the galaxy. Crossovers such as these are what fans are dying to see in the MCU moving forward, so we can only hope that this becomes a reality at some point.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: We Got This Covered