Integrating the heroes of Netflix‘s Marvel shows — collectively known as The Defenders — into the two-part The Avengers: Infinity War could prove to be “complicated” according to co-director Anthony Russo.
The filmmaker, also part of the team helming Captain America: Civil War told Brazilian site Super Interssante that the characters are not part of the Marvel Cinematic stable even though the series take place in the same universe. “The films are controlled by a group led by [Marvel Studio Head] Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others,” he said (via a translation provided by Comic Book Movie). “It is a smaller scale version of the problem that exists when remembering that Fox holds the rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters, as does Sony and others.” His comments would seem to confirm our earlier reports about a division between Marvel Studios and the rest of the company.
But beyond studio politics, the Netflix shows are pitched an older audience when compared to the broader age range of the Marvel films. They also focus on less cosmic issues than the hunt for the Infinity Stones.
Russo noted that anything is possible, using the impending arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an example. With the second part of Avengers: Infinity War slated for a 2019 release plenty could always change behind the scenes.