Marvel’s spoilers hook less! A heated debate among Marvel fans over the past six years has been the state of Marvel Netflix TV shows (Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, And defenders) and whether or not they are part of the actual Marvel Cinematic Universe. There was always an arm’s length between the two even though Marvel Television produced the shows and Marvel Studios produced the movies (the new Disney+ shows were created under the Marvel Studios banner now that Marvel TV has been dissolved as an entity in the company), but now the lines are starting to blur and there’s no doubt that Fans are wondering all of this again.
It was previously mentioned in the series, which is the latest episode of hook He did what was rumored (not to mention debunked) and brought Vincent Donofrio’s Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin officially into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All we get of the character in the show’s penultimate episode is a blurry picture on the cell phone, but it sure is her, and the idea that everything we’ve seen happening on Netflix has become official is undoubtedly on some fans’ minds. There is also the question of the fearless man. Kevin Feige already confirmed this week that Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Daredevil/Matt Murdock in the MCU at some point, which means two mainstays of Marvel Netflix shows are now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So case closed, right? Not so fast, my friend. Consider the implications of two of the latest entries in the MCU that were released on Disney+ earlier this year, loki And What if…?. Previously, the concept of variants was introduced, which are alternative realistic versions of characters that existed in different timelines and range from radically different to almost the same. The next two showed the multiverse in its entirety, bringing us entirely new universes in each episode and clashing with a team made up of heroes from across the multiverse. All this makes us wonder, is Marvel Netflix offering an alternate universe? So, are the versions of those characters we see now in MCU variants of what we’ve seen before?
Vague suggestions of events occur in Marvel Studios movies on Netflix TV shows, such as referring to someone as the “magic hammer” or the “green man” in Harlem. None of the plots from the movies interacted with the shows due to the apparent lack of actual interaction between Marvel Studios and Marvel Television. With all that in mind, we’ll bet that the official position Marvel Studios will take on the matter is that Netflix shows are on their own timeline/world and that the Kingpin and Daredevil releases they now offer will contain all-new novels that aren’t entirely based on what happened in those offers; But first they have to say a lot.
Unfortunately, we won’t know for sure if the shows are objective or not until Marvel takes an official position on them. The good news is that if they said the offerings were canon, that’s great; And if they say they’re not canon/reboots to better suit the MCU, fans still win. Marvel will probably admit that Marvel Netflix characters are variants of the ones we’ll see in the MCU still means that those stories matter, as long as they’re stories you want, because they’re in the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. Plus, when you have a multiverse at your fingertips, who is to say which universe is the main universe but you are the observer?