Marvel stories have been developed, for some time, in two ways: television, through platforms such as Netflix, and developed through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although both currents are nourished by the same cosmo of references, they do not dialogue directly with each other. That is why, for example, the inclusion of characters like Daredevil within the films was claimed and, in turn, it is not so easy to incorporate it.
Although they are part of the same content universe, the television narrative and the cinematographic one work independently. Perhaps the most obvious example of the above is the story developed by Netflix through characters such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Each of them had a series, even with several seasons, until they connected in the production of The Defenders (2017). That miniseries was a kind of The Avengers in an urban key.
That double record inspired by the Marvel narrative has generated a debate for years among the followers (and it is not ruled out that in some critics as well): Are they integrated? How should they be understood? One of the main arguments may have to do with the rights to the characters. The production companies make sure they can squeeze the image and story of pop icons to get the most commercial profit. Therefore, at the time of “lending” it to other studies, there are drawbacks.
Why is it appropriate to take into account this general context of the situation? A Marvel fan published an 18-page document through which he asks Marvel Studios to consider television productions as part of the canon established from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This other topic within the discussion has been discussed for some time in forums. The request of this follower is that, finally, they be integrated. Beyond a claim, the author of the letter also points out different arguments.
A fan letter about the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the series
The title of the letter, translated from English, is “A passionate and concerned appeal for the preservation of the Canon Film and Television Universe, from a devoted fan.” The following in the document is a clarification, in which the author comments that, taking into account the length, he has established different categories and used bold to highlight the priority of one idea over another. So there is an index with six points which, in turn, are subdivided. The main chapters are:
Introduction The impact of the canon Treatment of some discussed possibilities The love for these productions (as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe)
… some more Conclusions and signatures
Each of these sections has different developed points, closing with a series of signatures of different people belonging to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki.
Beyond these almost methodological aspects, the document is also a kind of love letter from the follower to Marvel television productions. The first block, the introduction, begins with the following sentences.
“The work of Marvel Studios and Television has immersed me deeply in a fictional tale like nothing else in my life. I can’t thank you enough for how you have changed my life in the best of ways. For several very hard years. , the MCU has always been there for me and the value of that is immeasurable. “
A whole statement of principles on which to share your point of view on the matter. Later, the author details what the objectives of his text are, cited below:
“If Marvel Studios is actively considering ‘decanonizing’ Marvel Television shows from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I wish to argue that they are not doing so.”
2. “If Marvel Studios is considering small details and changes to passively ‘decanonize’ the shows, I wish to beg for a little more care and that any anomalies are only clearly defined by Marvel Studios as mere continuity details.”
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Some ideas from the letter
The document contains different analyzes and even graphics to exemplify and justify different ideas. The letter can be read in English through the DropBox platform. Next we extract and translate some fragments to take into account.
“Stories are not immune to the future and can be damaged in hindsight.”
“We left the shows unfolding in their own world. Finding out, later, that that was actually the end or that the characters didn’t even have the life we think means losing the opportunity to cry properly when the shows ended or a story was closed.” .
“Much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe fan base has been turned against television adaptations.. Those followers have even promoted some cases of online bullying. “
“I understand that there are situations where it might make sense for Marvel Studios to want to adapt a character in a story that, for example, has been murdered on Marvel Television. Here, I beg Marvel Studios to do some work on this. Even just on this. adapt the same character with a slightly different name or combine a couple of comic book characters as is sometimes done. “
“Having a constant stream of content from Marvel television adaptations is what really has made this universe feel alive and multifaceted just like the real world“.
“The adaptations of Marvel on television have provided a great variety of characters, diversity and representation of communities within this universe.”
The author of the aforementioned letter made it public through his Twitter profile, directing it to Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.