At the recent press junket for Doctor Strange, Collider’s Steve Weintraub A.K.A. Frosty spoke with Kevin Feige about what it would take for one Marvel’s Netflix heroes to appear alongside the heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
KEVIN FEIGE: I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, “It all depends on timing.” It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for one second. Black Panther and Spider-Man to me are the high bar in Civil War of how you can bring in new characters into something. Vision and Ultron, Wanda and Pietro in Ultron. And it takes a lot of screentime, and it takes a lot of work. Infinity War has a lot of people in it already. So it just depends on how we could figure it out.
While I would love to see any of The Defenders — or one of the villains for that matter — in a Marvel movie (cough cough, Kingpin), my concern is that there would be a tonal clash. It’s not that I don’t think they could work in a movie, it’s that the Netflix corner of the MCU would obviously earn itself an R-rating — or in this case a TV-MA rating if it were to air on Network television. For it to work Marvel would need to strike a balance between the dark, moody, and violent tone of the Netflix shows with the shiny coke and popcorn flavor of the MCU. I also think it would work better if The Defenders were to crossover with a solo Captain America, or Spider-Man film — not with The Avengers. It would end up being exactly what Feige is saying he doesn’t want to be. The Defenders would need to play a key role and serve a crucial purpose for it to feel organic.
If it were to happen — and for it to work, Marvel would need the right director, or possibly directors. But I think they already have the right guys in the mix. If anyone could do it, it would be The Russo Brothers. I think it’s evident in the tone of the scene when (spoiler alert) Winter Solider kills Tony Stark’s parents. It had the same dark mood that is consistent with all of Marvel’s Netflix series.
What do you guys think? If you could hand pick a director to cross The Defenders over with the MCU, who would it be and why?