At the annual San Diego Comic-Con this year, Mahershala Ali was announced as being cast to play the supernatural superhero Blade in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe, who also played Cotton Mouth in Marvel's Luke Cage in 2016 (which they say is set in MCU).

This is not the first time something like this has happened, Alfre Woodard who played the role of Miriam Sharpe (the lady who blames Tony for her son's death in battle of Sokovia in Civil War) also played the role of Mariah Dillard in Marvel's Luke Cage.

Now, we all know how they talk about "it's all connected" but is it really?

What does the casting of Ali as Blade implies? Like the Marvel TV shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel-Netflix shows aren't canon to the MCU anymore?

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    Huh, seems people these days are forgetting that these actors are only playing characters. All this CGI and characterisation makes people think we're seeing actual characters not just some folks playing them? One person could play a dozen characters and I'm not thinking about clones here.
    – Mithoron
    Jul 27 '19 at 15:51
  • Once related, always related isn't it?
    – Vishwa
    Jul 28 '19 at 6:08
  • @Mithoron i suspect this is the result of C.U.s amoung many studios that have been going on for more than a decade...uninformed (younger imho) just simply dont know there difference between actors and characters..or i guess never did.
    – morbo
    Jul 28 '19 at 17:56
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    I mean, Star Trek (particularly TNG, IIRC) is pretty famous for casting a single actor as many different characters, even within the scope of the same show. It's not like this practice of recycling actors is unheard of prior to MCU.
    – Steve-O
    Jul 28 '19 at 21:47
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    Ali is far from the first MCU actor to have multiple roles in the franchise. Alfre Woodard, Peter Mensah, even Sean Gunn technically.
    – DanDoubleL
    Jul 29 '19 at 17:34

They never were

The Netflix-Marvel shows had its own world, and aside from a few movie mentions in some of the series, they were never really part of the MCU.

Marvel is also reportedly planning on rebooting Daredevil In The MCU when their streaming app comes out:

Cosmic Book News claims their source has told them that the studio plans to reboot Daredevil and co. within the MCU, with new actors set to play the heroes.

CBN reports that they’ve been told the Netflix series were never officially considered part of the MCU and so Marvel has no problem with rebooting them once they get the rights back from the streaming service in a couple of years’ time. The site puts this down to the poor relationship between Marvel Studios, which is presided over by Kevin Feige, and Marvel Television, headed by Jeph Loeb.

  • Oh come on that's not fair, that implies way too much retagging on SFF xD
    – Jenayah
    Jul 29 '19 at 18:22
  • @Jenayah Can't you do a query to update all at the same time? xD Jul 29 '19 at 18:32
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    Yeah probably but that'd clutter the homepage with bumping edits... Let's just wait for Marvel's official take on this ;)
    – Jenayah
    Jul 29 '19 at 18:33
  • So, basically, retcon the Netflix series' right out so that the new stuff can be part of the universe.
    – user25738
    Jul 30 '19 at 15:54
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    Claiming that the Netflix shows "were never officially considered part of the MCU" (aka Earth =19999) seems like a pretty ridiculous retcon.
    – jsh_197
    Nov 17 '20 at 15:59

AFAIK, Only AoS was.

But that was only until Season 5 (which still had a hint to Thanos' attack on earth. After that, the show pretty much split off of the MCU. Most of us fans like to think that Coulson and the crew pretty much just returned off to a different universe where the Thanos attack did not happen.

As for the other Netflix Originals, I just like to think that they are in another universe.

  • The main claims of your answer seem entirely unsupported; can you cite any reliable sources that support what you're claiming about AoS being part of the MCU up until season 5 (and then not being part of the MCU), and the Netflix series being "in another universe"?
    – V2Blast
    Nov 9 at 18:23

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