Joe and Anthony Russo said they did briefly consider trying to include Marvel TV characters in the already crowded Infinity War cast.
Poor, neglected Agents of SHIELD. Despite being a pretty excellent TV show, it never gets invited to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest parties. The same can be said for Netflix’s Marvel TV series, but that feels like less of a slight and more of a part of the original plan, given that The Defenders all have each other to play with. SHIELD, on the other hand, includes one of the first characters to appear in the MCU in Agent Phil Coulson, who first popped up in Iron Man and The Avengers before getting his own ensemble TV spin-off.
In all seriousness, I don’t think anyone was surprised that none of the SHIELD-ers made it into Infinity War. That movie had more than enough characters to serve even staying with the movie universe. (Amirite, Hawkeye and Ant-Man?) However, according to a recent interview Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo did with Variety, the team behind Infinity War briefly considered including some TV characters in the mix. Kudos to them to even entertaining the idea, though it does make sense that Earth would call on all of its warriors in the battle against Thanos.
“We made the briefest consideration of [including TV characters in Infinity War],” Anthony Russo told Variety. “When we’re alone in a room with [screenwriters Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely, we consider every idea. We like thinking of everything. But it seemed like the story that had been told within the movies was so specific and elaborate already that once we started working through the story, we knew we had our hands full just with this set of characters and narratives.”
Fair enough. Infinity War has roughly one million characters in it as it is, and someone manages to be an above average film. It’s impressive enough what Marvel has been able to do with 10 years of MCU films culminating in this two-part, era-ending story. It seems rude to criticize them for not also being able to tell that story across multiple mediums. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to imagine what that would have looked like, either.