Loeb Addresses Whether Defenders Will Connect to the Rest of the MCU

Ever since "Daredevil" launched Marvel Television's series of Netflix shows, many fans have been dying to see fan favorite characters like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage cross over into the films. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb played coy when asked if this was within the realm of possibility.

“You’re trying to trap me into saying, ‘Hashtag, it’s all connected,'” Loeb said with a laugh. “If the story warrants it, we will obviously do our best to have folks cross into each other’s story lines.”

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Loeb's statement isn't exactly a denial, but it's far from a confirmation. His answer doesn't seem promising for fans who are begging to see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the others crossover with "Avengers" characters like Captain America and Iron Man -- or even with the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", who appear in Marvel TV's ABC series.

Nevertheless, there's plenty of talk going on behind the scenes. “We certainly communicate with each other in terms of what we’re doing and what we have planned and the characters that we’re using and where it’s all going,” he explained, referring to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Though they haven't crossed over explicitly, Marvel's Netflix shows often reference the movies, making it abundantly clear that they exist in the same universe. By that token, then, the shows can't use characters that are planned for the movies and vice versa, which makes these conversations necessary to maintaining continuity.

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“Unfortunately for me as a fan, I tend to know more about what’s happening in the movies than I want to know,” he added.

"Defenders" will unite Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist under a mutual cause. Although details about the eight-episode series are still scant, we know that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist first meet at Midland Circle, site of the mysterious hole discovered by Matt Murdock and Elektra in “Daredevil” Season Two, and that Danny Rand “knows really what’s going on.” The implication is that the Hand may have a connection to the threat that brings together the four heroes.

Premiering this summer on Netflix, “Marvel’s The Defenders” stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Elodie Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rosario Dawson, Rachael Taylor and Scott Glenn.

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