The Marvel Cinematic Universe has always had a huge influence on Marvel TV. The events of The Avengers have left lasting consequences in New York City, the setting for Netflix’s various shows about The Defenders. The incident — as it is refered to — has left NYC vulnerable and damaged, leading to a rise in both crime and heroes. After all, if Loki hadn’t created all that chaos, criminals like Kingpin and Cottonmouth may not have been able to accomplish so much, necessitating skilled and powerful people step up and stop them.
The most connection seen between Marvel movies and TV, though, has been on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Main character Phil Coulson was originally seen in Iron Man and appeared in numerous Marvel movies before his apparent death in The Avengers. Samuel L. Jackson guest starred as Nick Fury for a short scene early in season 1, and Cobie Smuthers as Maria Hill has also popped up a handful of times. And the infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. by H.Y.D.R.A. completely changed the tenor of the show, especially when Ward was revealed to be a traitor.
It would appear that there is a limit to those connections, however. According to what Anthony Mackie — Falcon in the movies — told ScreenGeek, audiences should not be expecting crossovers between movies and TV:
“Different universes, different worlds, different companies, different designs. 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.”
It looks as though he was specifically referring to the characters from the television shows popping up in the movies. Obviously, it has already worked in the other direction a few times. But what Mackie said makes sense, the events in the movies are on a much bigger scale than the shows. So while what is happening in the movies trickles down onto the TV shows, what is happening on TV may not be noticed much by the likes of the Avengers.
That being said, some of the actors have expressed a desire or willingness to cross to the movies. Recently Vincent D’Onofrio has spoken about wanting Kingpin to face off with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. So if what Mackie is saying is correct, there is not a lack of enthusiasm for crossovers, at least among the actors. There are simply too many logistical issues.
Iron Fist season 1 is available in its entirety on Netlflix. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns April 4 with ‘What If…’ on ABC. The Defenders will release on Netflix this summer.