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Jeph Loeb remarks on if Marvel's The Defenders will join with the MCU

01.13.2017

With Marvel having achieved monumental success for their MCU in delivering content for both the silver screen as well as premiere streaming services like Netflix, it comes as no surprise that some fans would want to see characters from both venues share the same cinematic space. I’m not one of those people, but I digress. In talking with Entertainment Weekly, Head of Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb got a tad dodgy when the question of cross-pollination between the two mediums would indeed take place.

Loeb responded to the question he’s been asked (probably) upward of 616 times by saying the following:

You’re trying to trap me into saying, ‘Hashtag, it’s all connected,’” Loeb said with a laugh. “If the story warrants it, we will obviously do our best to have folks cross into each other’s story lines. We certainly communicate with each other in terms of what we’re doing and what we have planned and the characters that we’re using and where it’s all going. Unfortunately for me as a fan, I tend to know more about what’s happening in the movies than I want to know.

Woof. If you ask me, this doesn’t bode well for those hoping to see Charlie Cox’s Daredevil give legal advice to Mark Ruffalo’s The Incredible Hulk, or Mike Colter’s Luke Cage sharing a beer and secret handshake with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Granted, the situation could always change, as nothing in the world of comics (cinematic or otherwise) is ever written in stone.

For me, I like that the Netflix shows continue to tip their cap to the theater-bound MCU, but I’m not 100% certain that I want to see them crossover. It’s just a personal preference, and my thoughts on this could change at any given time, but I enjoy the separate-but-equal nature of the MCU layout, thus far. Although I’m certain that the talented writers of the Marvel films would find a way to make it all work, I do appreciate the grit and grounded vibe of the Netflix offerings not seeping into the loud and bombastic theatrical presentation of Marvel’s tentpole movies.

What do you all think? Would you want to see Jessica Jones hanging out with Black Widow? Does the idea of Thor getting drunk with Iron Fist get you hyped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Marvel's THE DEFENDERS will triumphantly arrive on Netflix in the Summer of 2017.

Extra Tidbit: Now that I think about it, it might be cool to see one of the Netflix-born characters make a cameo appearance in one of the larger films. Hell, if the Netflix shows can recognize the existence of the bigger MCU why can't it be the other way around as well?
Source: EW.com

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8:34AM on 01/14/2017
If only Ghost Rider would transition into a Netflix series along with Blade so we can have a proper Marvel Knights crossover. The bike riding version that showed up for a few seconds in Agents of SHIELD seem to have more violent stories to tell.
If only Ghost Rider would transition into a Netflix series along with Blade so we can have a proper Marvel Knights crossover. The bike riding version that showed up for a few seconds in Agents of SHIELD seem to have more violent stories to tell.
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9:38PM on 01/13/2017
Ninjas fighting "potentially gifted" people on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen. Sure, it's open to debate as to whether anything more than simple police presence is required here. A definite super powered brawl in the streets of Harlem...caught on live TV...and Shield don't at least show up...that did bug me. Heck, it doesn't have to be Coulson's team...but some other (new) team from Shield popping up would of been nice. I'm not expecting..nor do I crave for full on links between the
Ninjas fighting "potentially gifted" people on the rooftops of Hell's Kitchen. Sure, it's open to debate as to whether anything more than simple police presence is required here. A definite super powered brawl in the streets of Harlem...caught on live TV...and Shield don't at least show up...that did bug me. Heck, it doesn't have to be Coulson's team...but some other (new) team from Shield popping up would of been nice. I'm not expecting..nor do I crave for full on links between the different characters in the different sub-groups Marvel have on offer at this moment in time...but I'd appreciate the simple stuff - a mind controlling person terrorising a part of NYC and it isn't mentioned in Shield? What happened to that index they had in season 1...or the Winter Soldier??? The best bet for the first proper connection between Shield and the Netflix shows has to be Ghost Rider showing up in a mini story arc, on one one of their shows...that would be great.
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9:12PM on 01/13/2017

They

dont have to be in all the MCU movies, but they should pop up in Spiderman, since Daredevil has worked wtih Spidey before. And Kingpin is one of Spideys villains and they are all based in New York. So I wouldnt mind seeing them pop up in his films more so than the others. Like Spidey is keeping Tabs on Kingpin, and knows about the other heroes in his City and has heard about them. Or even make them transition through the Spiderman movies and meet the other MCU heroes. It could work if done
dont have to be in all the MCU movies, but they should pop up in Spiderman, since Daredevil has worked wtih Spidey before. And Kingpin is one of Spideys villains and they are all based in New York. So I wouldnt mind seeing them pop up in his films more so than the others. Like Spidey is keeping Tabs on Kingpin, and knows about the other heroes in his City and has heard about them. Or even make them transition through the Spiderman movies and meet the other MCU heroes. It could work if done correctly!
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8:25PM on 01/13/2017
A Black Panther Luke Cage team up would be awesome. It would be the superhero version of Coming to America
A Black Panther Luke Cage team up would be awesome. It would be the superhero version of Coming to America
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8:08PM on 01/13/2017

I hope they never merge

It would be like mixing a D list cast with A Lister's. It would degrade the overall experience. Let the defenders and avengers stay separate.
It would be like mixing a D list cast with A Lister's. It would degrade the overall experience. Let the defenders and avengers stay separate.
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6:42PM on 01/13/2017

I think I remember something about Permuter

He was kind of heading the MCU, with a financial year point of view. He's said to be the one making many changes on films like Iron Man 2, Thor 1 & 2... leading to conflicts with the directors and Kevin Feige. When the team overseeing the linked stories in the MCU was disbanded, Permuter was somehow humiliated in the process. BUT he kept the the direction of the TV part of the MCU. SO my guess is that if he has his word, Permuter will avoid ANY REAL connection between the TV and MOVIE sides of
He was kind of heading the MCU, with a financial year point of view. He's said to be the one making many changes on films like Iron Man 2, Thor 1 & 2... leading to conflicts with the directors and Kevin Feige. When the team overseeing the linked stories in the MCU was disbanded, Permuter was somehow humiliated in the process. BUT he kept the the direction of the TV part of the MCU. SO my guess is that if he has his word, Permuter will avoid ANY REAL connection between the TV and MOVIE sides of the MCU, at least as retaliation toward Feige.
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5:27PM on 01/13/2017
Give me Kingpin in the Spider-Man Homecoming sequel and I'll be happy, that's all I ask. D'Onofrio is a versatile enough actor that he could handle the change in tone while still making the character feel consistent, heck if they can make the Batman Begins level grounded Ironman 1 and the campy-cool of The First Avenger successfully blend together, there's no reason why Holland's Spidey and Mr. Fisk can't.
Give me Kingpin in the Spider-Man Homecoming sequel and I'll be happy, that's all I ask. D'Onofrio is a versatile enough actor that he could handle the change in tone while still making the character feel consistent, heck if they can make the Batman Begins level grounded Ironman 1 and the campy-cool of The First Avenger successfully blend together, there's no reason why Holland's Spidey and Mr. Fisk can't.
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4:46PM on 01/13/2017

I want Black Widow guest starring in Daredevil

She's had a pretty significant run with him in the comics. The problem is, BW is stuck in a very bizarre place: Marvel isn't too sure the character deserves a film and yet, Scarlett might be too big of a star to appear on a Netflix show.
She's had a pretty significant run with him in the comics. The problem is, BW is stuck in a very bizarre place: Marvel isn't too sure the character deserves a film and yet, Scarlett might be too big of a star to appear on a Netflix show.
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4:39PM on 01/13/2017
It would be so easy for the new Spider Man film to name drop and/or reference Daredevil, Kingpin, and/or Punisher. And if Stark knows about Spider Man by keeping tabs on him then he must know about Daredevil through two seasons worth of action.
It would be so easy for the new Spider Man film to name drop and/or reference Daredevil, Kingpin, and/or Punisher. And if Stark knows about Spider Man by keeping tabs on him then he must know about Daredevil through two seasons worth of action.
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4:29PM on 01/13/2017

Unneccesary

Crossovers don't make anything better or worse (except possibly overstuffed). I don't see the need. I'd just rather see Marvel projects continue to be quality, regardless of how many characters are crammed into them simultaneously.
Crossovers don't make anything better or worse (except possibly overstuffed). I don't see the need. I'd just rather see Marvel projects continue to be quality, regardless of how many characters are crammed into them simultaneously.
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3:25PM on 01/13/2017

Not gonna happen...

I wish it would, but if Marvel wanted to connect the MCU and Netflix Universe, it likely would have already happened. I don't understand the politics or the red tape preventing this, but its a little ridiculous becuase it all stems from in-house fighting. If only we could get Daredevil, Spiderman, the Punisher, and Kingpin together all at once. At least we can get three out of four.
I wish it would, but if Marvel wanted to connect the MCU and Netflix Universe, it likely would have already happened. I don't understand the politics or the red tape preventing this, but its a little ridiculous becuase it all stems from in-house fighting. If only we could get Daredevil, Spiderman, the Punisher, and Kingpin together all at once. At least we can get three out of four.
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2:51PM on 01/13/2017

I Hope...

I would LOVE to see Netflix cross over to MCU Films.... but I at lease HOPE that the MCU films will acknowledge and reference what's going on in NY. I mean it's Avengers Tower home base. At least name drop a devil in hells kitchen or something. And I'd prefer much more if MCU character would drop in or Netflix as opposed to other way.
I would LOVE to see Netflix cross over to MCU Films.... but I at lease HOPE that the MCU films will acknowledge and reference what's going on in NY. I mean it's Avengers Tower home base. At least name drop a devil in hells kitchen or something. And I'd prefer much more if MCU character would drop in or Netflix as opposed to other way.
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2:46PM on 01/13/2017

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I thought that was a missed opportunity in Civil War. Tony Stark seems to be tracking other and new emerging heroes across the world (that's how he found out about Spiderman). I thought it would have been cool to see him try and track down Daredevil after having taken down The Kingpin. He arrives at Murdock's law office in Hell's Kitchen, sees that he's blind and thinks he has the wrong guy, as he leaves Matt Murdock has a little laught to himself about it. It's not much nor would it have
I thought that was a missed opportunity in Civil War. Tony Stark seems to be tracking other and new emerging heroes across the world (that's how he found out about Spiderman). I thought it would have been cool to see him try and track down Daredevil after having taken down The Kingpin. He arrives at Murdock's law office in Hell's Kitchen, sees that he's blind and thinks he has the wrong guy, as he leaves Matt Murdock has a little laught to himself about it. It's not much nor would it have been significant, but helps to establish all of this in the same world.
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