There’s a clear divide when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the TV shows that appears to inhabit it. On one hand, you got Agents of Shield, which appears in the MCU completely, yet many of hte events that happen in it aren’t reflected at all in the MCU. Such as the rebirth of Agent Phil Coulson. Then, you got the Marvel/Netflix collaborations, which do take place in the universe, even taking place in New York with Star Tower in view, but don’t seem to connect to the films outside of numerous references.
This has frustrated fans, as the characters in the shows should be mentioned in the films, but aren’t. And now, with Defenders, another team-up in the MCU, happening, it seems more odd than ever that it wouldn’t be mentioned in the films in some way. Because of this, the head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb was asked by Entertainment Weekly about whether it really is all connected, and could thus crossover:
“You’re trying to trap me into saying, ‘Hashtag, it’s all connected,’” Loeb said with a laugh. “If the story warrants it, we will obviously do our best to have folks cross into each other’s story lines.”
He went on:
“We certainly communicate with each other in terms of what we’re doing and what we have planned and the characters that we’re using and where it’s all going.”
So, will it happen? Hard to say, but hopefully we can see the Defends and the Avengers meet up one day.