It’s not just viewers who want to see more crossovers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Clark Gregg is a big fan of the heroes who have their own shows on Netflix. The Phil Coulson actor revealed to reporters at New York Comic Con that he’d love to see any of the Defenders on his ABC drama.
“Some of my favorite comics are the Netflix shows,” Gregg told International Business Times. “They have Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and now Iron Fist. Everyone’s like, ‘Who would you like to see come on your show?’ And then they’re just — they’re all on Netflix. In a different television universe.”
Though all of the Netflix and ABC shows take place in the MCU, they don’t exactly acknowledge all of the other projects in the universe. When asked about the possibility of the Defenders running into S.H.I.E.L.D., Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb added that it’s difficult to crossover shows that are on different networks. With “Runaways” coming to Hulu and “Cloak and Dagger” heading to Freeform, directly connecting MCU TV shows is only going to get more difficult.
“One of the things that’s a challenge, and it’s unlike the movie studio because the movie studio is making all of the movies for one place and that’s the theaters,” Loeb explained. “Now the theater owners don’t get to say, ‘Well, we don’t want Spider-Man to be in ‘Captain America.’’ In that particular case, Sony and Marvel had to work that out so that that could happen. But in the case of what we do is we have networks to consider, and so that’s a conversation that ABC and Netflix — and now we have shows at Hulu and Freeform and FX, and it just becomes a question of, once it starts, what have we unleashed? But it’s certainly a topic of conversation.”
Still, Loeb, who executive produces all of the Marvel TV shows, maintains that a connection is there. “Look, I get in trouble every time I say this, which is you know, hashtag it’s all connected. But trust me when I say, hashtag it’s all connected, and that’s about all I can say at this time,” he teased.
If they do meet, Gregg thinks Coulson would be happy to work with the up and coming group of heroes. “I feel like the Defenders are a team he can get with,” Gregg added. “Certainly, he was thrilled to be involved with the Avengers, and Coulson was geeking out beautifully thanks to [‘Avengers’ director] Joss Whedon, but it didn’t go so well. I think he would like to think that a different super team in New York. It might be a little bit more fun.”
It seems unlikely that a crossover will happen any time soon, but it’s not as if Coulson is twiddling his thumbs while the Defenders are off having adventures in New York. Coulson has different vigilantes to keep him busy on the West Coast in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4. “I’d love to tell you that I’m the one who finds Daniel Rand [Finn Jones’ character in ‘Iron Fist’] in K’un-Lun, but I’m pretty sure during that moment I will be dealing with a guy with a flaming skull in Los Angeles,” Gregg said.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 4 airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on ABC.