Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just met the Defenders — sort of. A new photoshoot from photographer Kremer Johnson finds the main characters of both series teaming up in an homage to “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” the famous photo of steel workers taking a break during the construction of Manhattan’s Rockefeller Plaza in 1932. Johnson captured this photo and a handful of character portraits in an Emmy-focused photoshoot for Marvel Entertainment.
From left to right, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Finn Jones (Iron Fist), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Jeph Loeb (Head of Marvel Television), Chloe Bennet (Daisy Johnson) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) look over New York City from high above the streets. Loeb, who oversees both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Defenders, playfully holds a Daredevil lunch box in one hand.
Though Defenders‘ Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are seen pictured here with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Phil Coulson and Daisy “Quake” Johnson, it seems very unlikely that we’ll see them team up on the small screen anytime soon. Since Daredevil debuted on Netflix in 2015, his dark corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has remained separate from ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; further, both shows never cross into the films, though they do react to the events of the movies. What’s more, during last year’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at New York Comic Con, Loeb said only, “Fair question. The answer is: Stay tuned.” Nevertheless, Johnson’s photo offers a fun look at what could be if the two series managed to crossover down the line.
While a crossover may not be in the cards just yet, at least one cast member would love to see that happen: Clark Gregg. “Normally I’m very comfortable letting the Netflix shows and everybody exist in the universe of their own shows, but — if there was any reason even just to have Coulson walk by on the streets — the inner 11-year-old in me would probably just faint on the spot,” Gregg told CBR in an interview. So far as the photoshoot goes, though, it very well could have upheld a promise Loeb made to Gregg last year: “Before I get done, I have to make sure that Clark Gregg and Iron Fist get together. I’m not saying Agent Coulson — Clark Gregg has actually made me promise that he gets to meet Iron Fist.”
Executive produced by Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez, Drew Goddard and Jeph Loeb, “Marvel’s Defenders” arrives on Netflix August 18 2017 and stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Simone Missick, Elodie Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rosario Dawson, Rachael Taylor, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick and Sigourney Weaver.
Returning January 2018 on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.