With multiple films released each year and television shows on both network TV and coming soon to Netflix, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is experiencing rapid growth. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of TV, recently spoke with DigitalSpy about the studio’s quickly expanding live action universe.
When asked if the upcoming slate of Netflix series, which includes 2015 debuts “Daredevil” and “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” will crossover with ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” or Marvel’s feature films, Loeb said that was a development they had to earn.
“Look, it all exists in the same universe,” said Loeb. “As it is now, in the same way that our films started out as self-contained and then by the time we got to ‘The Avengers,’ it became more practical for Captain America to do a little crossover into ‘Thor 2’ and for Bruce Banner to appear at the end of ‘Iron Man 3.’ We have to earn that. The audience needs to understand who all of these characters are and what the world is before you then start co-mingling in terms of where it’s going.”
With three more Netflix series — “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” — set to debut at some point in the future, Loeb mentioned that Marvel TV focuses more on storytelling than scheduling. “We just try to tell the best stories that we can and we leave programming to the networks, which is what they do best,” said Loeb. “All I can say is that it’s been a great experience with everybody and that I can’t wait for people to see these new shows. Come April 10 and people see the first Marvel Netflix show — “Daredevil” — they are going to be incredibly impressed by what happens. I think and hope they will enjoy it quite a bit.”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesday nights on ABC, “Daredevil” debuts on Netflix on April 10 and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in theaters on May 1.
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