If you dwell on it, since these characters are a solid part of Marvel's inventory and past success, why wouldn't they be included somewhere in a movie? Right?
But the answer the directors gave in the interview panned out to what I call the usual bullshit answer designed to beat around the bush, but in the end, usually means "no."
At this point, we've heard of everything else going on in the movie so far, but not a word about the Netflix world of characters. And their answer to the inclusion of these TV characters was...
“We do consider everyone. We don’t want to get too specific about what’s going to happen with these movies. We want these movies to be a surprise for audiences.”
But then they babble on and on about the casting and appearance of Captain Marvel in the film.
If you look at their answer... they don't even address the words from the question. They just did a nice redirect or end-around.
I've seen this time and time again. For me, it's pretty blatant at Comic-Con during panels, when fans ask about something they want that won't happen. The question could be, will Batman ever become a mutant. And they'll say something to the effect that they've "considered or thought about it." Or that this is "a great idea" for whatever. But they never say yes and do the coy routine about other things.
But then franchises don't want to tick off fans. They need to placate them with ambiguous answers that will still get them dropping their money on a movie at the theaters, then they can be upset later, after they've left their hard-earned cash at the box office.
And over the last few years, we've all heard in one way or another about the tensions between the movie and TV sides of Marvel. And no matter how many times they say they don't have issues between the two production houses, we never see their differences resolved on-screen in a film or TV show.
Now I get when we don't see any cast from movies on a TV show. They cost a lot. And TV does not have the same budget that movies do, thus they cannot afford them. Or the talent never got roped into a TV appearance while negotiating their contracts for their movie roles. But to be able to see TV characters moved for appearances to the big screen, well, not sure I see the excuse not to. But then again DC dissed the fans of The Flash by recasting Flash for the films versus the TV show.
The bottom line is that these comic-book worlds have a lot going on in the background that we don't know about, from rights, character likeness clauses, cost of contracts and what not that can make things much more tricky than we, the fans, can imagine.
Case in point... I remember hearing about crossover plans and hopes back in the 80s for Predator and Alien, and we finally got something on film in 2004 that was not a comic-book. Look at Superman... there were huge legal battles in place because the heirs of the originators battled out over who owned what part of the character, from the powers, pieces of the suit and even things like kryptonite. Until both sides sold out to WB.
But still... I'd love to see our TV side characters get some big-screen love, but I'm not holding my breath for that one.
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