Speaking at a Q & A Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that it’s only a matter of time before a crossover between Marvel’s TV properties and films occur. This has already happened to a some degree, with the film character Agent Coulson being resurrected for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and various events of said show lining up with movie releases. However, ‘Daredevil’ went a season with only vague references like an aside about the alien invasion of New York and it’s effect on Hell’s Kitchen. This got me thinking about the how these crossovers might succeed and how they might fail.
Awesome Crossover Idea #1: Minor Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Get the some of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearing in theatrical S.H.I.E.L.D. scenes. There are a variety of characters from the show that could be seen doing background heroing in the movies. This could be cameo on cameo crime, meaning that not-very-important people on the show could also be not-very-important people in the movie. You might think this all sounds not-very-important, but it’s a connection and that’s all we need. Us geeks go crazy for easter eggs.
Awful Crossover Idea #1: Agent Coulson
Get Agent Coulson to appear in another Marvel movie. As cool as that would be for the superfan, the average movie goer probably doesn’t follow Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and will require exposition to explain how Coulson is alive and what he is doing here. This exposition would take away from the main plot of the movie and would sound more convoluted than it did in the show. Sorry, Coulson, they small-screened ya.
Awesome Crossover Idea #2: Wilson Fisk
After Wilson Fisk gets out of the problems with the law, as we all know he will, he becomes an even greater Kingpin of Crime in the stand-alone Spiderman movie. Every one loved Vincent D’Onofrio and wants to see as much of his Fisk as possible. Before ‘Daredevil’, the average Joe probably knew Fisk as a Spiderman villain. I know I did from the old Spidey cartoon. It is a perfect fit for Fisk to pull the strings that make Peter Parker’s life tough while letting one of Spiderman’s other baddies play the role of the heavy.
Awful Crossover Idea #2: Big Guns on the Small Screen
Iron Man/Thor/Captain Marvel or any sufficiently powerful character appearing in ‘Daredevil’ season 2. Street level heroes deal with street level problems and if we establish that someone like this could swoop in and easily accomplish much of Daredevil’s to-do list for him, it diminishes the character and makes everything seem kind of pointless. It is implied that this could happen with any reminder of a shared world, but it’s best if the audience doesn’t think about it too hard.
Awesome Crossover Idea #3: The Daily Bugle
The Daily Bugle covers all the major events from both the movies and the shows. A consistent news outlet ties everything together nicely and issues of the paper or screen shots of TheDailyBugle.com can be easily featured everywhere. I imagine Marvel wanted the paper featured in ‘Daredevil’ to be The Bugle, but they didn’t have the Spiderman relationship yet. Too bad, it might have saved Ben Urich.
Awful Crossover Idea #3: The Defenders
The Defenders (Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones) appearing in ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ Oh, it pains me to say this. I really want to see it, but…’Infinity War’ will have too many characters to give everyone a deserving spotlight. There is simply too much going on and bringing in another whole team would slow the pace of the story. Like Agent Coulson, The Defenders would require a butt load of exposition for those people who still don’t have Netflix and–y’know, what? Nevermind. I really want to see this!
What about you? Let us know in the comments where Marvel could best crossover their stories!