The hope for Netflix characters to appear in Avengers: Infinity War and/or Avengers 4 shouldn't be high based on Kevin Feige's outlook. Marvel Studios didn't just change the way Hollywood approaches franchises since they started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Marvel as a whole is attempting to capitalize on the MCU's success at every turn. Following The Avengers, ABC brought Phil Coulson back to life for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first "canon" TV show in the MCU. Since then, Netflix has debuted six different series, while Hulu and Freeform each picked up a show too.
There's no doubt that the Netflix corner is where Marvel TV has had the biggest success, and all of these properties have left fans wondering about a crossover of some form. Anything from a cameo to just a reference that Hell's Kitchen is well-protected have been frequent requests, but all sides just continue to say how complicated it would be.
Screen Rant had the chance to speak to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige at the Avengers: Infinity War press junket and we asked him about seeing a crossover happen. Unfortunately, Feige isn't too optimistic about any sort of crossover happening. It isn't because there's not an interest to do it, but rather the difficulty in lining everything up to make it work.
I don't know. It really remains to be seen. So much of what they're doing has been set. We've already shot Avengers 4. So much of what we're doing is set, but I just, I never say never, but I'm not sure when that would be.
The complicated nature of the crossover is what has been the reasoning behind one not happening for years now. Marvel Studios had a difficult enough time aligning the schedules for their movie stars to make Infinity War and Avengers 4's shoots possible. The prospect of adding on more cast members, all of which are headlining massive TV shows on their own, only makes it tougher. Feige previously said a crossover will happen eventually thanks to the growing nature of both sides, but the Russo brothers have yet to get hopes up for such a crossover to happen.
While all sides like to focus on how complicated a crossover would be, you can never fully count it out. After all, who would've believed that Spider-Man would ever exist in the MCU or that the X-Men and Fantastic Four could be soon a few years ago? The odds are definitely stacked against the crossover, but maybe one day they'll at least make a mention to the events of one of the shows. Some interpret Vision's line in Captain America: Civil War about the number of enhanced people growing exponentially was a quick reference to the growing amount of powered people the shows have introduced. Based on Feige's comments however, its probably best to keep expectations of a crossover low and wait to hopefully be surprised one day.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019