Defenders Assemble? Don’t Count on Seeing Them in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

One of the greatest things to come out the last ten years has been the shared universe at Marvel Studios. It’s like watching the comic books you read come to life on the big screen. And when they got a show that tangentially connected to the universe and even kinda-sorta crossed over it was even cooler. But a lot of the fringe characters who couldn’t make a feature film work were going to be left out in the cold.

Enter Netflix and their badass plan of telling street-level stories of urban heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, “Power Man” Luke Cage and Iron Fist, eventually teaming them up in an Avengers-esque way and calling them The Defenders. This even got people talking about how the universes could eventually crossover, possibly in the story that everything has been leading up to – Avengers: Infinity War Part1 and Part 2.

But we shouldn’t get our hopes up. At CCXP, a super popular Comic Con in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Infinity War co-director Anthony Russo (who has collaborated with brother Joe Russo on the last and next Captain America films) tried to let the fans down easy:

It’s complicated. When we start to serialize the telling of stories it’s difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it’s more complicated. It is a smaller scale version of the problem that exists when remembering that Fox holds the rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters, as does Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible, Spider-Man (whose rights were held by Sony) became possible!

It’s nice that he invokes the miracle of miracles (The Sony / Marvel compromise), but it’s highly unlikely. He does mention Kevin Feige, who almost left Marvel Studios due to the unrelenting overseeing of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. Feige now runs the movie division but Perlmutter runs the TV side of things, so the bad blood may create a river that proves uncrossable when it comes to seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes team up with their streetwise counterparts.

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