In a world where Rogue One can fold in Star Wars Rebels canon and vice-versa, it can be frustrating for Marvel fans that the movie and TV sides haven’t had any real back-and-forth characters. Someone like Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin would seem like a natural fit, even in passing reference, but the Daredevil star sadly believes “It makes sense not to mix the TV stuff.”

Speaking with Digital Spy, D’Onofrio doubled-down on past dismissals of either the Spider-Man or other MCU movies finding a place for a certain Hell’s Kitchen crime lord. The films are busy setting up new characters while simultaneously building toward a galactic showdown, leaving little time for TV stars, in D’Onofrio’s view:

I would love to switch over to the movies, but I think it’s pretty much been said it’s not going to happen. Or at least not for a very, very long time. I think [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige explained that, and that’s what makes the most sense, he said the film universe is too jam-packed.

It’s hard enough already, and if they keep bringing big characters in that they have to service in the writing, it’s not gonna work. They’re trying to figure out already how to individualise more and at the same time keep The Avengers going … It makes sense not to mix the TV stuff, there’s just too many characters.

Still, given how often the TV shows find space to reference the films (even if the Netflix shows seem oddly frozen at “The Incident”), one wonders if the movies could at least find a spot or two to return the favor. After all, couldn’t a New York crime boss at least make the papers in Queens?

We’ll see what the next round of Marvel movie and TV crossover brings, but does D’Onofrio have a point about the difficult mixture?


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