Attention now turning from Civil War to Avengers: Infinity War (or whatever they end up calling it), time and time again Marvel brass have tempered expectations as to whether the climactic MCU event will finally bridge the gulf between movie and TV. Not likely, it seems, as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely reveal the “nearly impossible” challenge in logistics.

Granted, we’ve seen Marvel turn around to include Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, late 2016 production starts for both Infinity War and the Neftlix Defenders miniseries already made the prospect of an all-inclusive event unlikely. Now, speaking to IGN, Civil War and Infinity War writers Markus and McFeely expressed complete uncertainty of the TV schedule, particularly how to write in characters whose own stories move so rapidly:

McFeely: We are open to any of it, although it’s really not our call.

Markus: A lot of it is a pace thing, in that we have to have this thing done so much ahead of time, that they might get all the way through that ‘Defenders’ show before we start shooting, or certainly before anything comes out. So we don’t know where they’re going to be. It’s very hard, even logistically, to keep even the movie characters synced up; it’s nearly impossible, given the speed that TV cranks out changes.

McFeely: The story that they eat up, yeah.

Again, depending how much of Infinity War ends up threatening Earth, it would seem easy enough to relegate some TV characters to montage or at least acknowledge their existence, but it’s certainly starting to look like the TV and movie sides will never play together.

Incidentally, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will deal with Civil War fallout next week, while Luke Cage will meet a completely different Alfre Woodard on September 30.

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