Marvel’s Netflix TV Characters May Crossover to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

By August 26, 2014

In news that should surprise exactly no one, the new Marvel TV shows that will be airing on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage) might eventually crossover with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel has basically pioneered a new interconnected level of comic book-style storytelling never before seen on film, and their new planned TV shows are looking to do the same thing for TV that the MCU did with The Avengers: start with solo projects, and then lead into a group mini-series event called “The Defenders.”

The report comes from Empire (via Slashfilm), who has some quotes from Netflix chief Ted Sarandos about the various shows they have lined up.

It was really based on the theatrical model of ‘The Avengers.’ Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally, they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time.

But here’s the big quote:

[A crossover] has definitely been talked about. ‘Daredevil’ is already shooting, since that’s out first. Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over.

Marvel is branching out further and further as the years go by, with everything from cosmic action in Guardians of the Galaxy to a period piece TV series on ABC with “Agent Carter.” And since this is Marvel we’re talking about, it only makes sense that these properties will affect each other as the characters bounce around at different points in space and time. The idea of The Defenders teaming up with The Avengers to take down a bad guy seems like an inevitability to me, but throw the Guardians in the mix, and then things start to get really crowded. I think Marvel has done a great job of NOT putting too many characters in their properties so far – leave that nonsense to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Additionally, Sarandos said that the upcoming “Daredevil” series – which will be first out of the gate among these new Netflix shows – “will not be afraid to go darker than the film did.” That could be troubling, considering Marvel hasn’t been nearly as bleak as DC when it comes to their film and TV properties so far. What do you think?

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