Pretty much since its inception, the appeal of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the promise of a fully interconnected world, uniting characters across stories and mediums and providing audiences with a fantastical experience akin to the comics. Up until this point, the films have provided exactly that, weaving a rich tapestry where Iron Man can show up in a Spider-Man film and Falcon in Ant-Man. This is not to mention the massive Avengers event films that bring together characters from across the cinematic spectrum. Despite this marvelous achievement, there is still something missing; the Marvel television universe has been largely ignored.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had some crossover, with film characters like Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Lady Sif making the jump to the small screen for cameos or one-episode stints. S.H.I.E.L.D has also had plotlines heavily influenced by the events of the films; however, S.H.I.E.L.D. characters never get the call up to the movies. Over in the fan-favorite Netflix-verse, shows have alluded to larger MCU events. Regardless, as street-level characters, there hasn't been any crossover other than offhanded mentions of Captain America and the like. Nevertheless, with the decade in the making Avengers: Infinity War arriving next month and uniting the MCU for the battle with Thanos, we have harbored a secret hope that somehow Marvel's neglected TV characters will finally get a chance to make an appearance and do battle alongside their cinematic counterparts.

Now there are a lot of things standing in the way of this total interconnectedness, the corporate split between Marvel's film and television divisions being one of the biggest. Infinity War co-director Joe Russo has also called it practically impossible due to logistical barriers, but this wouldn't be the first time that Marvel has surprised us, and if ever there was a time to do so, it's this culminating event. So, with that in mind, here are the 5 Marvel TV characters that we'd most like to see show up in Avengers: Infinity War.

Luke Cage

Since his introduction in the first season of Jessica Jones, Mike Colter's Luke Cage has been very popular. Although a street-level character, the hero of Harlem packs a serious punch. While he tends to eschew the superhero life, he can't turn his back on those in need. When Thanos comes to town to lay siege to New York City, the civilians of the Big Apple will need someone to protect them. With everyone running for their lives it would be great to see even a quick shot of Luke Cage running towards the danger or using his body as a shield to protect the innocent from Thanos' hordes. Luke Cage has been a member of various Avengers teams in the comics and it would be great to see him throw down with them on the big screen. His no nonsense attitude would make for some great interactions too. Given how he responded to Danny Rand and his chi-powered fist, I would love to see how he reacts to the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange. With Marvel realizing the potential of diversity with Black Panther, there's no better time for Power Man to make his big screen debut.

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