When Marvel began expanding the reach of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the phrase “It’s All Connected,” became the unofficial tagline of the growing universe. While the films have done a great job at referencing one another on a regular basis, the launch of television programs has seen that relationship be strictly one sided – where the TV shows reference the films, but get no attention in return. Some of these inabilities for crossovers can be explained away with contracts, but smaller references to names, events, or appearances of locations are still possible.
On Netflix, the Hell’s Kitchen corner of the universe has continued to move forward without making too many obvious references to the larger world, going so far as to not name the Avengers and refer to the events of The Avengers as simply “the incident.” However, with the events of the shows taking place in a similar geographic location as other MCU staples, there has been some hoping for familiar locations to appear. Thanks to one fan, that is possible.
Reddit user CityHog has edited Avengers Tower into a key scene in Daredevil season 2. The scene shows Daredevil using his enhanced hearing to try and locate people, and when Elektra walks in behind him, the Avengers Tower can be seen in the background. The user went on to explain in the comments section that this was a simple addition to make, which only further raises the question as to why Netflix and Marvel have not been doing this since the beginning. For whatever reason that may be, at least fans now have this quick clip to get a sense of what it would look like.
It is rather interesting that the shows continue to leave out Avengers Tower in all skyline shots. They have had four seasons of content with plenty more incoming and each features no shortage of opportunities to include Avengers Tower into the background. In the MCU, the Avengers headquarters is located where the MetLife building is in real life.
The puzzling thing is these shows continue to show the MetLife building instead of using visual effects to add in a digital version of the Avengers Tower. To make matters even more confusing, they continue to put the tower in banners or posters for the series in the background, but leave it out of the actual show.
Marvel has never really addressed why this is the case, and it is possible they never will. That said, with a universe that is so dependent on its continuity for it to thrive, continuing to leave something as simple as this out is strange. These shows clearly take place within the same world as the Avengers and Avengers Tower, so there really is no excuse why this continues to be overlooked. Hopefully as the shows become more popular, Marvel and Netflix will make this fan creation the new status quo moving forward.
Daredevil Season 1 and 2, Jessica Jones Season 1, and Luke Cage Season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders will arrive this summer with The Punisher coming later in the year. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.