Avengers: Endgame Writers Explain Why They Didn’t Include Netflix Heroes


In the annals of cinema, very few things in the superhero genre can compete with the sheer spectacle that was Avengers: Endgame‘s climactic battle. Really, it was quite thrilling to see heavy hitters such as Black Panther, Doctor Strange and many others showing up near the end in order to assist the old guard.

That said, I’m sure at least a few of you were wondering where the heck the likes of Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and the Punisher were. Also realizing this question was that of the New York Times, as they brought up the subject while recently speaking with screenwriters Chistopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

First, let’s look at what McFeely had to say:

“We would have to introduce these five characters — or whatever many. We already are assuming people have seen a lot of the movies. Are we really going to assume they have bought a subscription to Netflix and watched those shows enough so that when they see them, they’re going to go ‘yay?’”

Well, he certainly makes a good point there. I mean, not only have a fraction of the moviegoing audience seen the Netflix shows, but those characters hadn’t even been introduced to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. From a narrative standpoint, it’d make absolutely no sense for the small screen characters to show up out of nowhere.

Here’s what Markus had to add:

“It also screws up the timelines. You would have to assume that they all got snapped away, or otherwise they might have shown up earlier. I think the only character who has come from TV to the movies is Jarvis, James D’Arcy [from Agent Carter].”

Actually, the Netflix heroes did get snapped away, but the culprit was actually that of the streaming service they once called home, as opposed to Thanos. When it comes to the inclusion of a human Jarvis, however, his cameo is a bit easier to swallow because Agent Carter – which aired on ABC, mind you – featured several supporting characters played by actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers: Endgame is now showing in theaters everywhere.