Why Marvel’s TV Characters Won’t Be On Film

Going in, one of the big selling points of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be not just the interaction of separate film franchises in a shared arena, but the inclusion of TV properties as well. The hope was members of the Avengers would pop up on the Marvel TV shows, or some of those small screen characters might make it to the big screen.

A few years on, we’ve seen characters from the films either cameo in “SHIELD” (Nick Fury) or get their own series (Peggy Carter). On the big screen though we’ve yet to really see any of major characters from the ABC shows, and any character at all from the Netflix shows, make it to the big screen. With the division of Marvel’s film and TV departments, that possibility has gotten even slimmer.

The likeliest place left for us to get to see such a crossover would be the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga, even if it were only a shot of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil making a cameo. However Joe Russo made it quite clear to Bad Taste this week that they’re focusing on the movie characters that have been established and new characters introduced here:

“The Marvel Universe is sprawling – the Marvel Cinematic Universe is enormous. Just think of all the characters that haven’t been introduced yet that are going to be introduced by the time that we’re working on Infinity War. We have a tough task just telling the stories of the characters who exist [on the big screen] in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let alone adding the entire Marvel Television universe. … Anything is possible in the Marvel Universe. It’s certainly something we’re considering. But our focus is on telling the stories of the characters that currently exist on the movie side.”

The two-part movie will mark the ‘culmination’ of the entire MCU up until that point and begins production later this year. The Russo’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens this weekend in the United States and has generated a record in advance ticket sales for a superhero movie in online ticketer Fandango with 90% of weekend ticket sales going to the film – surpassing “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Avengers.”

Marvel’s TV characters meanwhile look to be in a less rosy state. While the Marvel & Netflix series are going from strength to strength, the ABC series are hitting a stumbling block as THR indicates not only are the chances of a third season of “Agent Carter” slim, but the chance of the new spin-off series “Marvel’s Most Wanted” making it to air is looking more uncertain. The verdict will be known either way at the upfronts in two weeks.