The day those that closely follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting for will happen eventually as Kevin Feige backs a future crossover between the films and TV shows. The potential for a MCU crossover has been something many have been hoping for ever since Marvel expanded their reach beyond the movies. Marvel Studios will have their big crossover in Avengers: Infinity War with Avengers and Guardians coming together, while Marvel TV gets theirs this summer on Netflix with The Defenders.
However, there are still many other properties that have yet to be truly interwoven into the larger universe. As the MCU continues, the excuses for not making this work become less tolerable and beg the question as to whether or not the movies and TV shows would be better off separate. While it continued to sound less than likely that this crossover will manifest soon, the head of Marvel Studios believes it will happen in due time.
i09 spoke to Feige about this possibility and he was (surprisingly) optimistic about the chances of some level of crossover happening. Specifically, he was asked about the potential for a TV character to appear in the movies, or rather if their presence on the small screen eliminates them from contention to be in the films - and apparently it does not.
Not necessarily. The future’s a long time. So, the truth is, I don’t really know, but there are a lot of TV shows being made, and hopefully we’ll continue to make a lot of movies. At some point, there’s going to be a crossover. Crossover, repetition, or something.
This does not specifically mean that fans can one day expect to see Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Chloe Bennet as Quake, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, or even a return to the big screen for Clark Gregg as Coulson, but it does clarify that it is possible. Feige has previously gone on record saying a true crossover like this is really the subject of timing thanks to how difficult it is to line up productions and story arcs. Most importantly however, this continues to show a willingness to make it happen, which is all fans can ask for - even if it requires a longer wait than desired.
The flip side to this however could be the idea of recasting. If there are legal reasons behind Cox, Bennet, or any number of TV actors appearing as their characters on the big screen, Marvel Studios could always recast these roles to bring them to the big screen. This is less than ideal for fans of the small screen iterations and could almost feel unfair to those that made the characters beloved to begin with. That said, most would agree that characters like Quake, Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc. deserve to appear alongside the Avengers, and if that requires another actor in the role (and a few years gap) this could be a viable solution.
Either way, it does not sound as though either of these ideas will be explored seriously over the next few years, and could wait until Phase 4 or beyond to see it happen. For now, we will have to sit back and see how things unfold, but the support of all MCU properties will only help make a movie/TV crossover more of a priority. Luckily, the MCU has more movies dated, many more in development, plus a number of TV shows to keep the universe moving forward until a time when a crossover is possible.