The Russo brothers, directors of Marvel’s latest movie, Avengers: Infinity War had once considered including a few small-screen characters in the MCU.
While Anthony and Joe Russo’s superhero ensemble was packed with almost 30 heroes, the Defenders-level heroes and Agents of SHIELD characters had almost made their way into the mix. It surely seems like a pretty creative decision, but the movie is a culmination of 18 films and had not intended to bring together characters from Marvel TV.
“We made the briefest consideration of [including TV characters in Infinity War],” Anthony Russo said.
“When we’re alone in a room with [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely, we consider every idea. We like thinking of everything. But it seemed like the story that had been told within the movies was so specific and elaborate already that once we started working through the story, we knew we had our hands full just with this set of characters and narratives.”
In the meantime, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist are no fighting battles in New York City. The directors had not considered including the Fantastic Four or the X-Men only due to the franchises being owned by Fox.
“I think just as far as where that specific deal is at right now, it’s not at the point where we can start working with those characters on a creative level yet,” Anthony Russo said.
“We’d love to, and hopefully it will all work out some day, but it’s not in the time frame of these movies that we’re making right now.”
But this has not stopped the Brothers from conceiving exciting ideas for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War are now playing in theaters. Ant-Man and The Wasp is set for release on July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel will follow it on March 6, 2019, with the untitled Avengers 4 set to tie everything about the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a bow on May 3, 2019.