With ‘Captain America: Civil War‘ killing it at the box office this weekend, the trend of Marvel Cinematic Universe films playing extremely well to audiences continues. Indeed, ‘Civil War’ won audiences over not only with its brother-on-brother plot line but with the sheer amount of superheroes it was able to feature on-screen, a testament to the world-building that Marvel has been able to achieve. However, for as progressive as the MCU has been in this regard, many fans are left to wonder why the Marvel heroes from the small-screen offerings, which are firmly established in the same “shared universe,” have been left on the sidelines for these big-screen offerings?
‘Captain America: Civil War’ writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked in a recent interview with IGN why the television heroes were not included in the ‘Civil War’ fracas. The omissions are particularly glaring when the movie contained a specific scene in which Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) made a special trip to New York City to recruit Peter Parker’s Spider-Man (Tom Holland); why, then, wouldn’t Stark also visit a neighboring borough and see if he could bring Daredevil or Jessica Jones onto the team, seeing as how they are both relatively well-known to the public and the media?
In the video interview, Markus makes a few quips about Stark not having a television and thinking that Daredevil is too violent before giving his serious thoughts about the matter:
“I think he has been keeping tabs on the world and he knows about this one kid. In some ways there’s a motivation, having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to, ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically something that I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available, and Tony’s desperate!”
McFeely follows by making a very valid point about Stark’s emotional connection to both Spider-Man and the Avengers situation, saying that “He (Stark) probably sees some of himself in this kid… remember, when you meet this kid, he’s clearly a budding scientist, but doesn’t have the resources that Tony Stark does.”
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