Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb on Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D. crossovers: 'We have to earn that'

Marvel has managed to build one of the most ambitious connected universes in the history of cinema, and that world will be getting even bigger when Netflix gets into the superhero game. 

But one of the big questions fans have been asking is when (and how) we’ll see some of these new, disparate corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) connect. Digital Spy chatted with Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb, who said they’re obviously aware that new shows like Daredevil exist in the same world — but right now they’re focused on making sure the shows are good enough to stand on their own. Only then might we start seeing some potential Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or Avengers, crossovers.

Check out an excerpt from Loeb’s comments below:

“Look, it all exists in the same universe. As it is now, in the same way that our films started out as self-contained and then by the time we got to The Avengers, it became more practical for Captain America to do a little crossover into Thor 2 and for Bruce Banner to appear at the end of Iron Man 3. We have to earn that. The audience needs to understand who all of these characters are and what the world is before you then start co-mingling in terms of where it's going. We just try to tell the best stories that we can and we leave programming to the networks, which is what they do best. All I can say is that it's been a great experience with everybody and that I can't wait for people to see these new shows.”

We’re glad to hear Loeb isn’t interested in making an easter-egg farm with the Daredevil series, and with early buzz already indicating the show is excellent, it sounds like they’ll have no trouble carving out a compelling corner all its own. But, much as The CW’s Arrow has shown with its Flash crossovers, the melding of two worlds can be insanely cool if the shows are actually good on their own.

Along with the crossover talk, Loeb also dropped a bit of intel on the back half of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s second season, which resumed Tuesday night. The series is taking a deep dive into an Inhumans subplot involving the character Skye (Chloe Bennett), and Loeb (who previously worked on Lost) said the questions from fans about how far a long game they’re playing is starting to sound a bit familiar:

“You know what? Everything is planned and if you go back and look at the pilot, Skye says things that are very cryptic. She mentions things about how this isn't the first time she's erased her past. Very early on, there were also a lot of conversations about who her parents are and what happened along the way. I feel like this question goes back to my days on Lost where people would say, ‘Do you really know where this is going?’ - and it was always the same answer then and it's the same answer now; it's very hard to tell a story that is this intricate and this emotionally-driven unless you know where you're going.”

The new Daredevil series on Netflix is set to debut April 10, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights on ABC.

(Via Digital Spy)

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