AVENGERS: ENDGAME writers discuss the absence of THE DEFENDERS

Marvel's Defenders

By now you have most likely already seen Avengers: Endgame. The movie features a level of cameos never-before-seen in a comic book movie. The sheer scale of what writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were able to pull off is outstanding.

But that hasn’t stopped fans from discussing characters who were absent during the movies third-act final battle.

One group of characters whose absence has been strongly felt by the fanbase is Netflix’s The Defenders. With all the shows in the team up – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist – now cancelled many fans felt this was the perfect opportunity to bring them in to the MCU.

Now the movies writers have discussed their reasons for not bringing the team to the big screen. In an interview with The New York Times they spoke candidly about the issues in bringing in another four new characters to an already packed movie.

“We would have to introduce these five characters — or whatever many,” McFeely responded when asked about their absence. “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?'”

“It also screws up the timelines,” Christopher Markus agrees. “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’].”

Were you hoping to see The Defenders turn up in Endgame? Does this reasoning satisfy your disappointment?

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.

Avengers: Endgame is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett, Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.

The film arrives in cinemas in April 25 in the UK and April 26 in North America.


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Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG