With the Marvel Netflix shows set to crossover in “The Defenders” mini-series, there’s been suggestions from fans that some of these small-screen heroes should appear in the Marvel Studios films – specifically the “Avengers: Infinity War” saga.
Speaking with SUPER Interessante at CCXP, the two-part film’s co-director Anthony Russo was asked about the likelihood of this taking place. He said that due to the division between Marvel’s film and TV divisions, the possibility is there but it’s quite complicated (and therefore unlikely):
“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.
The “Avengers: Infinity War” films aim to begin production around the end of 2016.