Will ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Finally Give Fans the MCU-Netflix Crossover They’ve Been Waiting For?
Marvel (which is owned by Disney), is gargantuan in size. It encompasses the Marvel Studios, the home of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as Marvel Comics and all of the characters seen there. In the past, Marvel partnered up and loaned out various properties, which resulted in the Fox and Sony Marvel Universes.
Now, Marvel is getting everything back under one roof. But there are characters and plots under other umbrellas, such as the Netflix Marvel Universe, that fans wanted to see interact with the MCU. Here’s how the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home (sort of) accomplishes that.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe came along first
A quick look back: The MCU came along in 2008, with the release of Iron Man. This has expanded to include 21 additional films, through this year’s release of Avengers: Endgame. And the MCU shows no signs of slowing down (the box-office numbers speak for themselves).
Other properties were spawned from the MCU. ABC (another Disney property) began airing Agents of SHIELD in 2013, an off-shoot of the organization established in the films, which spawned multiple spin-offs itself.
There was also Agent Carter (which followed the events of Captain America: The First Avenger), as well as subsequent Freeform (owned by ABC/Disney) and Hulu (which Disney owns stock in) series.
The Netflix Marvel Universe was later established
All of the above TV programs seemed to interact with the MCU, though not all of the canon was shared between them. Around the same time, Marvel began working with Netflix on establishing another interconnected universe around heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. All were granted their own series, as well as a team-up miniseries, The Defenders.
But almost as soon as it started, the Marvel-Netflix partnership came to an end. Around the same time as Disney announced it would be creating its own streaming service, these shows were canceled one or two at a time. The end is almost here: After Jessica Jones Season 3 begins airing on June 14, 2019, there will be no more new seasons from this venture.
Jimmy Kimmel brings together multiple Marvel properties in this clip
While there were very small nods to the Battle of New York from The Avengers made on these series, they primarily seemed to exist in a world outside of the MCU. There was no acknowledgment of Luke Cage in Captain America: Civil War, nor any mention of Iron Man in Iron Fist (despite the similar name and status of those two characters).
But Jimmy Kimmel rectified all of that. In a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, he showed an “exclusive clip” from Spider-Man: Far From Home in which he portrays Joe, a dry cleaner who is tasked with handling the costumes of Peter Parker, Matt Murdock (Daredevil), and Bruce Banner (Hulk).
He even throws in a mention to Wade Wilson (Deadpool), who’s part of the Fox X-Men branch (which is now also owned by Disney). Sadly, the scene isn’t really from the upcoming film, but it was a fun nod to all of the properties nonetheless.