Are the Netflix/Marvel shows no longer canon?
San Diego Comic Con was full of exciting announcements for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but one casting had Defenders fans scratching their heads. At the panel, Kevin Feige revealed Mahershala Ali would taking over the infamous role of Blade in the new Blade movie. While Ali is perfect for the role, it does question the idea of “everything is connected” that Marvel has tried to sell for a while.
Mahershala Ali got his start in the MCU playing Cottonmouth on Netflix’s Luke Cage. The villain is easily considered one of the best in the Marvel Universe and his performance was one of the most memorable parts of the Netflix/Marvel shows. However, now that Ali is stepping into the role of Blade, it seems like Marvel is just going to ignore his past work within the “universe”.
In the past, Jeph Loeb has promised that all of the TV shows somehow tie into the MCU thanks to some subtle references. It’s worth noting though that the series have made the references while the movies couldn’t care less about what’s going on in the small screen.
Now that Netflix has pulled the plug on all of their Marvel shows, it seems more likely that they won’t be included in the MCU moving forward. Once the time passes for the characters to return to their original home, perhaps we’ll see Daredevil or Luke Cage pop up again. As for fans, this move just seems to confirm what many already expected: the TV shows just aren’t as important for the movies.
There have always been rumors circulating around about a feud between Marvel television and the movies, with Ike Perlmutter and Kevin Feige on opposing sides. The upcoming Disney+ series will all be under Feige and directly tie into the MCU. It looks like Disney has made it clear who they trust to handle the massive universe moving forward.
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