Earlier this week, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada answered some questions about the upcoming partnership with Netflix that many curious fans have been looking forward to. Appearing on Kevin Smith’s podcast, Quesada reveals:
There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.
And with that, we have confirmation that Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist will exist in the same cinematic universe as Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the original movie Avengers. While not unexpected, this confirmation brings light into potential plans down the line for the juggernaut franchise. Earlier this year, Disney and Marvel shed information on the future of their superhero cinematic universe by revealing plans for projects as far as 2028.
Here’s why these upcoming Marvel Netflix shows are pivotal to the future of the Marvel cinematic universe.
While the Defenders don’t hold the household names that the current cinematic crop of Avengers do, in the comics these select characters were the heart and soul of the New Avengers. Those teams involving Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Dr. Strange and Spider-Man were the faces of the Avengers during the Heroic Age in the early 2010’s. The dynamic and relationships between that team brought a fresh new approach to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
The comradery between members of Luke Cage's Avengers really made that particular Avengers book stand out among the others. The diverse characteristics of the heroes and how they interacted with one another evoked a certain charm to the series. They weren't the most popular or the strongest heroes in the universe, but they worked as a family and as a result became a family. Readers took notice and sales for the comic book soared to tremendous heights after years of lack luster sales for previous Avenger teams in the early 2000's. The cinematic Avengers, while entertaining, are in need of these types of relationships
While the Marvel cinematic universe won’t be able to use several key players due to copyright issues, the Netflix team can still make an impact in future Avengers movies. They SHOULD be included into future Avengers movies. While chances of this happening are slim, if the Netflix series of shows are a mega-hit, Marvel cannot bypass the possibility of including them into bigger storylines.
The contracts of the actors from the first movie Avengers are all set to expire at various points during Marvel’s plans. With rising salaries and other endeavors, it is rather difficult to keep the same cast of actors together while continually inserting fresh ideas. Like the comics, the cinematic universe should have a revolving membership of heroes. By introducing these lesser-known heroes onto television shows first, Marvel is financially allowing themselves to gauge the potential of characters to expand into the films. They won’t have to pay an actor $50 million to star as Daredevil on Netflix. But if the show is successful, Marvel can upgrade him to the Avengers lineup. This is a given flexibility due to the show being a limited run that will be released all at once just as Arrested Development did on Netflix in 2013. The key will be casting. Casting a television actor for potential to transfer to the big screen isn’t the easiest task, but it has been done before.
Will we see Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist and The New Avengers stand alongside a Bucky Barnes Captain America in The Avengers 3? What other heroes would you like to see on future teams?