It’s “inevitable”: Marvel movies will ultimately reference the TV shows in the Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the soon-to-be cross-link during a recent Q&A promoting “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” home video release.
“I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward and they’re doing the shows,” Feige said, per IGN.
In addition to ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” (Marvel’s first live-action TV series) and “Agent Carter,” the studio has also produced a slew of Netflix series. “Daredevil” premiered last year to rave reviews and “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” are all on the horizon. The studio is also developing an “Agents of SHIELD” companion series, “Mockingbird.”
The shows’ plots have often directly reflected film storylines, including the introduction of the Inhumans and the appearance of film characters like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders’ Maria Hill and Maximiliano Hernández’s Agent Jasper Sitwell.
“It’s easier for them. They’re more nimble and faster and produce things quicker than we do, which is one of the main reasons you see the repercussions of ‘Winter Soldier’ and ‘Age of Ultron’ in the show,” Feige said of “Agents of SHIELD.” “Going forward and certainly as they begin to do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have — particularly ‘Daredevil’ — that may occur. A lot of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season; by the time it comes out, they’d be done with the second, starting the third season. Finding timing on that is not always easy.”
“Agents of SHIELD” executive producer Jed Whedon told Variety last year that there are limitations to what famous faces the show can incorporate.
“You’ve seen the Marvel slate,” he said. “They have movies planned for the next two decades, so there’s a process to us approving characters.”