While fans anxiously await a crossover between The Defenders and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new photoshoot finally combines the two worlds. With the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a fascinating new concept was born in the world of blockbuster filmmaking. But Marvel weren't content to keep their new idea strictly in the realm of movies. Like the Star Wars universe, the Marvel world extends beyond the big screen and onto TV. Despite the proposed connection between the films and shows, however, the unity hasn't always been felt by fans.
Even setting aside the logistics of matching up a film with a TV show, Marvel's work with Netflix on another corner of their universe has left fans wondering why the various Defenders can't have a proper crossover with ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. Though each have featured nods to the other, audiences are still interested in seeing Coulson team-up with Iron Fist, Quake throw down with Luke Cage, and May and Jessica Jones enter into a staring contest. While we'll still have to wait for any of those potentially thrilling meet-ups, fans now finally have a chance to see some of the heroes join forces.
Photographer Kremer Johnson just uploaded a new series of images to his portfolio as part of an Emmy-focused photoshoot for Marvel Entertainment. Along with individual portraits, the collection also features a group shot on a classic New-York-City-style set (see below).
Lined up on a steel beam in the sky are Charlie Cox aka Matt 'Daredevil' Murdock, Finn Jones aka Danny 'Iron Fist' Rand, Krysten Ritter aka Jessica Jones, Clark Gregg aka Phil Coulson, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb with a Daredevil lunchbox, Chloe Bennet aka Daisy 'Quake' Johnson, and Mike Colter aka Luke Cage.
Though a number of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars are left out here, it's still fun seeing the series' two ostensible leads joining up with the four core Defenders. Perhaps the photoshoot will kick off a burgeoning friendship that will see the actors insisting they appear in each other's shows. So far, we've seen S.H.I.E.L.D. allude to the events of Daredevil season 2 (despite the timeline difference), while the first season of Daredevil nodded to Carl 'Crusher' Creel, the Absorbing Man on S.H.I.E.L.D. Seasons 1 & 2 of Daredevil also featured the Dogs of Hell, a biker gang that first appeared on S.H.I.E.L.D.
Though the small nods and Easter eggs are fun, it would be even greater to see the various heroes team up. If nothing else, the continual actions of the Defenders should certainly warrant S.H.I.E.L.D.'s attention. Of course, there are timeline issues to be sorted through first, even before the unavoidable logistical and scheduling issues are considered. Still, this photoshoot should help to tide over those who are still waiting to see Ghost Rider join the Defenders.
The Defenders comes to Netflix on August 18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premieres in January 2018.
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