If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), you might have noticed that there are a number of TV shows based on Marvel comics. But are these shows connected to the movies in any way The answer is yes, but it’s not as straightforward as you might think.
First, let’s talk about what the MCU is. It’s a series of interconnected movies that began with Iron Man in 2008 and has since grown to include over 20 films, with more on the way. These movies all take place in the same universe and often feature overlapping characters and storylines.
The TV Shows
Now, let’s look at the TV shows. There have been several Marvel TV shows over the years, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and most recently WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. While these shows are all based on Marvel comics and feature Marvel characters, they don’t always take place in the same universe as the movies.
The Netflix Shows
The Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist) were all set in New York City and featured street-level heroes who were dealing with more grounded threats than what we see in the movies. While these shows did reference events from the movies (such as “the incident” from The Avengers), they largely existed in their own separate universe.
Agents of S.
Agents of S., on the other hand, started out as a show that was directly tied to the movies. It followed Agent Phil Coulson (who had seemingly died in The Avengers) as he led a team of agents on various missions.
However, as the show went on, it became less and less connected to the movies. While it still took place in the same universe, it rarely referenced events from the movies and largely focused on its own storylines.
The Disney+ Shows
Now, let’s talk about the Disney+ shows. WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are both set after the events of Avengers: Endgame and feature characters from the movies.
These shows are more directly connected to the movies than any of the previous TV shows. In fact, they’re being referred to as “Marvel Studios” shows rather than “Marvel Television” shows. This suggests that they’re being produced by the same team that makes the movies and are therefore more closely tied to them.
So, are Marvel movies and TV shows connected The answer is yes, but it depends on which show you’re talking about.
While some of the earlier TV shows existed in their own separate universe, the newer Disney+ shows are more directly tied to the movies. As for future Marvel TV shows, we’ll just have to wait and see how they fit into this ever-expanding universe.