Ever since Marvel started rolling out TV shows like ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter, there have been subtle connections between those programs and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those shows, along with the four Netflix series' Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist have been confirmed as a part of the MCU, but we still haven't seen any of these TV characters cross into the MCU. During a recent Q&A event (via Collider) to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, producer Kevin Feige revealed that more crossovers between these properties are "inevitable," although there will certainly be issues with scheduling.
"I think that's inevitable at some point, as we're plotting the movies going forward and they're doing the shows. The schedules don't always quite match up to make that possible-it's easier for them, they're more nimble and faster and produce things quicker than we do, which is one of the main reasons you see the repercussions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Age of Ultron in the show. But going forward, and certainly as they do more shows and cast them with such great actors as they have - particularly in Daredevil - that may occur. But the reality of it is by the time we start doing a movie, they'd be midway through a season then by the time the movie comes out they'd be done with the second and starting the third season, so finding timing on that is not always easy."
Marvel's Daredevil premiered earlier this year, with the studio announcing earlier this month that Jessica Jones will debut on November 20. Marvel's Luke Cage and Marvel's Iron Fist are expected to debut in 2016, along with Marvel's Daredevil Season 2, with all four of these Hell's Kitchen characters coming together for The Defenders miniseries sometime in 2017. It's worth noting that all of these characters will be established in the MCU by the time Avengers: Infinity War Part I hits theaters in May 2018, so it's certainly possible that some, if not all of these street-level characters, could help Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their battle with the nefarious Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Along with scheduling, another issue that could hold up any crossovers is Kevin Feige's new deal with Disney, where he will report directly to Disney's Alan Horn and Bob Iger instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, who still controls Marvel's TV division lead by Jeph Loeb. Still, it would certainly be beneficial for all parties involved to have these TV characters inserted alongside the established heroes in the MCU.
Of course, we don't even know how long all of the Netflix shows will run for, but it's also possible that each of those programs could be spun off into their own movies set in the MCU. We'll have to wait and see how all of these shows perform before jumping to any conclusions, but shortly after all four Netflix shows were announced, Bob Iger hinted at the possibility of each series getting its own movie. What do you think about these details? Do you think all of Marvel's shows and movies should be connected? Or should they be kept separate?