There are two separate storylines that have been running side by side in the past ten years to make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are firstly the movie installments and then there are the various television series. Avengers: Infinity War, while culminating the same journey, only featured characters from the past eighteen movies and stayed away from the episodic narratives.
Speaking with Variety in a recent interview, co-director Anthony Russo revealed that they once considered including a few major characters from the television series in the two-part cinematic saga involving the Infinity Stones.
The idea, despite having merit, had to be discarded because the screenwriters felt that doing so would mean elaborating additional fronts. Avengers: Infinity War already features more than a dozen characters and making room for those outside of the cinematic realm, in a manner of speaking, would make things pretty difficult.
“We made the briefest consideration of [including TV characters in ‘Infinity War’],” said Russo. “When we’re alone in a room with [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely, we consider every idea. We like thinking of everything. But it seemed like the story that had been told within the movies was so specific and elaborate already that once we started working through the story, we knew we had our hands full just with this set of characters and narratives.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have referenced the movies several times over the seasons, with the most recent episode from last week mentioning the events in Avengers: Infinity War. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punisher have similarly also used the same set pieces from the movies. The fact is that while the television series have referenced the movies, the movies in turn have rarely returned the favor.
Avengers: Infinity War is now running in theaters worldwide and will open in China on May 11. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.