Despite high hopes from fans, no Marvel Television characters, from series like The Defenders, Cloak & Dagger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., made an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. However, that doesn’t mean they weren’t considered by the film’s creative team.
“We made the briefest consideration of [including TV characters in Infinity War],” co-director Anthony Russo told Variety. “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.”
Of course, the exclusion of Marvel’s stable of TV characters shouldn’t surprise fans, as co-director Joe Russo said back in March, “…it’s hard enough to communicate with Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, Scott Derrickson, Peyton Reed and James Gunn at the same time, not to add all the showrunners and TV crews to this,” adding, “The latter is also led by totally different people. So it’s practically impossible. Our job is to focus on the Marvel film world and offer a satisfying climax.”
While there are no immediate plans to incorporate TV characters into the films, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says it’s possible — probably, maybe — sometime down the road. “At some point, there’s going to be a crossover,” he teased.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. The film opens April 27.
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