With the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy dominating the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), many wonder if the smaller heroes from the television series will make it to any of the theatrical releases or get their own movies. It could be very hard to coordinate with so many television shows like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., The Inhumans, Cloak and Dagger, and The New Warriors (All ABC shows with the last two on ABC’s Freeform channel), Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (Netflix’s The Defenders) and more that are sure to pop up soon.
However, there is the chance. First, looking at Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., Agent Phil Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, was in the early solo movies leading up to the Avengers prior to his transition to the small screen. Jaimie Alexander, who plays Sif in the Thor movies made an appearance on Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., as did Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter, and Samuel L. Jackson, who portray’s Nick Fury. So the potential for some of the Inhumans on the show to cross over, maybe. Heck, even Ghost Rider has made an appearance on the television show, and it worked better than the Nicholas Cage version of the dead rider. So, at least with one show, there is that chance. But, what about the other ABC and Freeform shows?
The Inhumans have played a major role in the Marvel comic book universe for quite some time, and have made it into some of the animated shows. There was talk early on of a Inhumans movie, so fans should not count that out. As for The New Warriors and Cloak and Dagger, those chances may be a lot more slim. In the comic books, Cloak and Dagger were older, and a bit more mature than the Freeform audience would air. Cloak’s ability to transport large numbers of people through his darkness could be good for the Avengers, but the Freeform Cloak (and Dagger) are much younger. As for The New Warriors, only time will tell.
As for the Netflix series, they have left that door open. There was a comment in one of the four series, Either Luke Cage or Jessica Jones, mentioning the events that happened in midtown, referring to the events of the first Avengers movie. So there is a possibility. In the comics, Luke Cage led the New Avengers and the Mighty Avengers, Jessica Jones, as Power Woman, Joined both the New and Mighty Avengers, and Iron Fist was a New Avenger. In just the last couple years, Squirrel Girl, from the New Warriors (Freeform) joined, and do not tell Sony, but Deadpool became an Avenger around the same time. Throughout the years, some of the X-Men have also become Avengers, but until Marvel can get cinematic control of them back, do not expect to see Wolverine or the Beast as an Avenger.
The possibilities are endless. If Marvel goes the way of a Kree invasion, with many heroes replaced by shape shifting aliens to help win the invasion, like the comic books, the opportunity for characters from the Marvel Television Universe to cross over to the MCU is quite possible, and likely. Also, with Tony Stark wanting Peter Parker to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, leaving the big adventures to the Avengers right now, a potential crossover with Daredevil or any of The Defenders is quite possible, and could be a foothold for the Netflix characters to make the jump to the MCU. One difference is, Jessica Jones is much older in her current television form. In the comics, she went to school with and had a crush on Peter Parker.
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By Cletus Dillwood
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