The Marvel TV series that aired on ABC, Netflix, and Hulu – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and Daredevil, to name a few – have been the subject of MCU canonicity for many months now, after James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, claimed that he believes WandaVision to be the first canon MCU television series. In addition to this, WandaVision featured the Darkhold, which had a drastically different appearance than when it appeared in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After the release of Loki, which had the first episode mention Phil Coulson’s death and did not include his resurrection which was the impetus for the entire Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series, it slowly started to appear as though Marvel Studios was ignoring the Marvel television shows.
Things became even more complicated when Peggy Carter’s Legends episode aired without any footage from Agent Carter, even though James D’Arcy who portrays Jarvis in Agent Carter, became the first character in a Marvel television series to appear on the big screen when he made a cameo appearance in Avengers: Endgame.
With the publication of The Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a massive book that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the history of one of the biggest and most successful cinematic franchises in history, it is implied that despite the multiple character crossovers and promotion in earlier seasons of “It’s All Connected”, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t canon. It is similar to how the Marvel Netflix and Hulu shows are not part of the MCU, despite the events at the end of Loki that opened up the multiverse of possibilities and What If…? which features the multiverse as “a prism of endless possibility, where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities”.
That being said, in a recent interview, the President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige declared that if Daredevil is returning to the MCU, the person portraying him would be Charlie Cox, who starred in the Netflix Daredevil series as the titular character. After months and months of fan speculation and #SaveDaredevil on Twitter, in a press tour for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Feige finally confirmed that if Daredevil were to return, the person playing him would be Charlie Cox.
That is definitely good news for all the Marvel TV fans, some of whom have featured certain characters who might get recast in upcoming Marvel projects. For example, Quake plays a huge part in Secret Invasion in the comics; however, Chloe Bennet, who portrays Daisy Johnson / Quake in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has denied her involvement in the upcoming Marvel Studios project, Secret Invasion, which will feature Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos and more. Another opportunity for a character to crossover would be in Hawkeye; in the comics, Bobbi Morse / Mockingbird is his ex-wife. However, three episodes into the series, it doesn’t appear as though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Adrianne Palicki will reprise her role.
Whatever happens, it is exciting that Feige is at least open to the possibility of other characters returning. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Alfred Molina, Jamie Foxx, and Willem Dafoe are confirmed to be reprising their roles as Otto Octavius/Doc Ock, Max Dillon/Electro, and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin from the Sam Raimi and Marc Webb versions of Spider-Man. If that can happen, anything is possible!
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