It has become increasingly (painfully) obvious that Marvel‘s (two) television universes and its cinematic universe are not as closely tied together as it was made to appear at first.
The studio has been using the tagline #ItsAllConnected nearly since the beginning, but it’s turning out that that may not be the case. Marvel actress Chloe Bennet has lamented the lack of crossovers between the movie universe and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And Clark Gregg has all but resigned himself to the fact that he may never get to appear in Marvel’s Netflix properties, Luke Cage or Iron Fist, as Phil Coulson.
Seeing that things are not as connected as they first appeared, Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb addressed the issue during this week’s Television Critics Association summer press tour.
As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.
So, Marvel’s movies and TV shows are connected by virtue of the fact that they come from the same place — Marvel Studios. That doesn’t mean we should expect any crossovers and stuff.
Loeb blamed the lack of crossover events between Marvel’s TV shows and movies on the logistics of moving actors around who are filming on different schedules:
I can tell you that part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing. Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.
Clark and Chloe, it looks like you’ll have to get used to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. being in its own corner of the universe.SuperFable