There is one of the big head-scratching things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Why, when creating a larger comic universe, does the studio not allow the television and film universes to recognize each others existence. Yes, there are little moments when events are mentioned, but it isn’t enough. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is really the only film that has decent ties to the greater film universe. Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel’s television arm, has an interesting reason why this happens.
In a recent interview with Inverse, Loeb was asked why Avengers tower doesn’t show up in the television universe. His reasons for this is a stretch, and sounds almost like he is skirting around a bigger issue with the MCU. Here’s what he had to say:
“In many ways, being less specific helps the audience understand that this could be on any street corner. Where we’re sitting right now, I can see the Empire State Building, but if we were sitting 30 blocks that way, I wouldn’t be able to see the Empire State Building. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means that we can’t see it from where we are.”
Come on Jeph, is that the best reason you could come up with?! You want me to believe that while The Punisher and Daredevil are skirting the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen that they don’t think about calling the Avengers for help or advice? I can buy into the idea that I should understand that Avengers tower is there, but there are moments in the Netflix MCU that come incredibly close to Avengers tower, yet it still isn’t shown. It sounds like this might be something that the television universe isn’t allowed to do directly. Why would Marvel not allow this? It poses an interesting question.