Dear Internet, Marvel TV and Marvel Movies Already Exist in the Same Universe


This weekend the general movie side of the internet is going crazy over a comment by Kevin Feige where he said it was still possible to see Marvel TV and Movies meet at some point. Sites are running this as a future “crossover” between “universes” because so many bloggers are too dumb to realize that all of the Marvel TV shows and Movies exist in the same Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Agents of SHIELD has been used to tee-up Avengers: Age of Ultron. Hell, in the episode immediately preceding the release of Age of Ultron, Culson ends it by saying to call in the Avengers (he was the one who found Strucker’s lab for them). Prior to that the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier directly affected Agents of SHIELD following the release of the movie.

On the Netflix side of things, aside from putting the Avenger’s tower in every poster announcing one of the Netflix series, the Hell’s Kitchen shows regularly reference events that occurred in New York during the movie’s. Ben Urich’s office that Karen Page takes over has newspapers on the wall referencing the Battle of New York (The Avengers) and the destruction of Harlem (The Incredible Hulk). And Agents of SHIELD has referenced an event in the Netflix series already. The Punisher’s attack on the Dogs of Hell gang was seen referenced on SHIELD in the form of a news broadcast shown in one of the episodes that aired not long after Season Two of Daredevil began streaming.

Kevin Feige has explained in the past that due to the very long development time movies have versus the quick turnaround for TV, it’s difficult to have the characters meet up on-screen. But that doesn’t mean they exist in separate universes. I’ve even seen people believe that the Netflix shows are in their own separate universe. They’re all in the same shared universe, which is why they can reference the Hulk on a Netflix show and not get in trouble for it.

Basically unless the TV show is mutant-based by Fox, it exists in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why suggestions like one blogger made this weekend of a Luke Cage movie that had no relation to the Netflix series are completely ignorant of how Marvel TV and Movies co-exist.