Marvel likes to keep its TV and movies separate despite them being in the same universe. The latest person to speak out on this is Falcon, Anthony Mackie
Us Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD fans dream of the day when Tony Stark saunters onto our screens. Or in the middle of an intense fight scene, an arrow nails someone in the forehead out of nowhere and the camera pans over to Hawkeye, chilling up in the rafters.
The closest we’ve been given is a couple of Nick Fury and Lady Sifs, but we want more. We don’t just want mentions of the Sokovia Accords because that just feels like fodder. We don’t need Daisy or FitzSimmons to show up for the majority of an Ant-Man or Captain America. Why not just a quick moment of Stark looking for lawyers to put on retainer and has a weirdly hilarious interview with Foggy from Daredevil?
Unfortunately, like it’s alluded to every six months or so, that’s probably not going to happen.
In an interview with Screen Geek at Wizard World Cleveland, Anthony Mackie was nicely frank about the situation:
"“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’s the most direct answer we’ve been given so far, which is kind of nice. But it’s still disappointing. Sure, the production schedules are vastly different for the two worlds (TV moves faster than movie), but is it really that difficult?
Some of AoS’s best episodes came because of the movies (Ward as Hydra!). I still stand by my idea that in Ant-Man, when Darren Cross introduced Hank Pym to some of the people from Hydra, one of them should have been Grant Ward. Because at that point, he’s just a face to non-SHIELD waters, but SHIELD watchers have a fantastic fanboy moment of oh my god it’s Grant Ward! They did it!
But they didn’t do it. And they probably never will. Which is disappointing, because how awesome would it be to see the Defenders in Avengers: Infinity War? Jessica Jones sarcastically quipping with Hawkeye or Cap.
Then again, how would we ever explain Coulson still being alive to the Avengers?