If you thought that maybe Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be able to bring in any character from the Marvel-verse, you’d be 100% wrong. Basically, at least one part of the franchise will not be on the show: The X-Men.
Executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen confirmed that it’s not within their rights to do so.
“We can never [even] use the word ‘mutant’,” she tells Wall Street Journal.
Moreover, co-executive producer Joss Whedon who directed “The Avengers” warns fans not to expect appearance from any of Marvel’s costumed superheroes. “There is a danger of creating an expectation that [they] are going to see the sequel to The Avengers,” he says. “They’re going to see something very cool… but we also want them to come meet our characters and not just wait to see Iron Man swoop into the screen.”
It makes sense. They want the show to be successful in its own right, and not have to depend on the success of Marvel movies to keep it from failing. I think it has the power to stand on its own. Don’t you?