The hopes that the Avengers and Defenders would eventually crossover have been slashed by Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige.
Since we were first introduced to the Defenders on Netflix, starting with Daredevil, there have been mutterings and hopes that they would eventually crossover with the movie star Avengers.
The TV and film divisions have been kept separate, creating situations where TV heroes like Luke Cage and the Agents of SHIELD only make cryptic references to the larger MCU.
However, there’s always been hope from fans that these two worlds would someday collide on the big screen. Especially since Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have assembled to create their own super-team Defenders which comes to Netflix later this year.
No Marvel crossover
The question of a crossover was put directly to Kevin Feige is a recent Q&A with Allocine, and unfortunately, his answer was anything but encouraging.
"Maybe someday. No plans right now," the Marvel Studios boss answered. "Maybe someday, but we have a lot of characters in the MCU, and one of the things that is so special about those characters on the Netflix shows is their dynamic together.
"They are all combining to become The Defenders later this year and are doing their own thing."
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The Falcon has his say
Unfortunately, Feige's reticence to combine Marvel's film and TV universe is shared by Avengers: Infinity War star Anthony Mackie — who plays The Falcon.
"Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs," he argued. "Kevin Feige is very specific about how he wants the Marvel Universe to be seen in the film world.
"It wouldn't work. It wouldn't work at all."
Well, there’s plenty of fans who think it would work. And we’re pretty sure the potential earnings could mean there’s still a chance it could happen.
The Defenders premieres on Netflix on August 18 and Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas on April 27, 2018, in the UK and May 4, 2018, in the US.