Kevin Feige Still Not Ready For Marvel's Netflix Heroes To Be In Movies

Kevin Feige Still Not Ready For Marvel's Netflix Heroes To Be In Movies

By Robert Dougherty Oct 21, 2016 01:46 PM
Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

As the MCU goes through its third phase, the Marvel/Netflix world is nearing the end of its first, with The Defenders all uniting sometime next year. After this massive Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist crossover, questions are sure to keep coming on whether these heroes could ever leap from the Internet to the big screen.

At this point, however, Kevin Feige keeps saying “It all depends on timing," as he just repeated to Collider at the premiere of Doctor Strange. However, he also points out that since Avengers: Infinity War will likely have the biggest cast in MCU history, it may not be ideal to put one or several Netflix heroes in the bunch too and have "such important characters show up for one second."

With so many characters expected in that war, a few may only be able to fit in for a little bit anyway. As Feige says, "It takes a lot of screentime, and it takes a lot of work" to bring in newcomers, and that would probably apply with the Netflix heroes despite how they've already been established on TV. Still, not everyone who sees the MCU movies may be that familiar with Marvel's Netflix branch, and catching them up in a film might take time they don't have, at least in something like Infinity War and its sequel.

Feige cited Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Age of Ultron as shining examples of introducing new characters like Black Panther, Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch. But they only pulled it off because they had entire subplots to themselves, and a project like Infinity War likely can't carve out that much time for Netflix heroes, at least not at the expense of many established MCU characters and newer ones like Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel.

But once Phase 3 of the movies ends and The Defenders are established on Netflix, the MCU will likely need new blood on the big screen. If Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man and other possible Avengers successors have room, and if Feige and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb can settle some logistical issues, Feige could have a different answer to the Netflix issue a few years from now.

At this time, however, the Marvel/Netflix world is still limited to the Internet, with sparing references to the larger world of heroes beyond Hell's Kitchen and Harlem. Luke Cage is out there now, with Iron Fist set to make his debut in Feb. 2017 before all The Defenders meet much later.

Tags: The Defenders (TV Series), Avengers: Infinity War - Part I (2018), Daredevil (TV Series) (2015), Jessica Jones (TV Series) (2015), Luke Cage (TV Series) (2016), Iron Fist (TV Series) (2017), Kevin Feige, Marvel Cinematic Universe
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