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With the long-awaited and highly anticipated culmination of the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally available to stream, many fans decided to binge-watch the show as fast they could, but a lot of questions were raised. Such as why when half of New York was about to fall to the ground, not one Avenger arrived take care of this problem?

Well as it turns out, there is a legit answer as to why there were no Avenger camoes and has to do with the MCU timeline itself, Jeph Loeb geniusly tied the show into the rest of the . While it may not always be convincing that our street level heroes are apart of the broader MCU, there is a lot of evidence hidden throughout each series to prove they are. And apparently, Jeph Loeb is trying to keep his clean track record, and here's how he did it:

Making Sense Of The Timeline

'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]

Before we do anything, we need to establish where exactly The Defenders takes place on the MCU timeline. According to Colleen Wing actress Jessica Henwick, The Defenders takes place only a month after the events of Iron Fist, stating:

"We find [Colleen] a month after we left her, it’s really interesting she hasn’t been able to deal with the emotional trauma she dealt with in Iron Fist."

From calendars seen throughout the show and some old guy's phone, we know took place throughout June of 2016. Meaning The Defenders takes place in July, two months after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Which would mean heroes such as Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and Falcon would all be locked up in The Raft at this specific point in time. And if you remember, Thor took off at the end of Avengers: Age Of Ultron to find out more about the Infinity Stones, but we saw him again in Doctor Strange asking for help to find his father, so he would be out of the question as well. Even then, Captain America would now be a war-criminal hiding out, and the Hulk flew away on a stolen Quinjet and is somehow now on the planet, Sakaar.

So by this point, we are only left with a potential cameo from Iron Man, but things don't look good for him either. According to the information we have gathered so far, that would mean the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming would take place at the exact same time as The Defenders, meaning Tony Stark would've been busy with other things as seen in the movie. But that doesn't mean he wasn't aware of what was happening:

'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]

At the very beginning of , Colleen and Danny are in India hunting down members of The Hand. However, Elektra made it there before them and murdered their only source of information about The Hand. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tony Stark went to a wedding India for a reason that was never explained, could the people getting married be related to the guy Elektra killed? If so, this would be a perfect source of information for Tony to find out about this guy who was mysteriously murdered.

I mean, why else would Tony Stark be in India at a wedding? But that's not it, Tony Stark makes a direct reference to The Defenders in Spider-Man: Homecoming! When Tony found out Peter was chasing Vulture, he told Peter:

"There are guys who handle this sort of thing"

Peter replied:

"The Avengers?"

In a shocking cross-reference that blew fans minds, Tony said:

"That's a little below their payroll"

Many people said this was a reference to Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it wouldn't make sense, as Tony Stark and everyone else only had knowledge of the previous S.H.I.E.L.D., which fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But the new S.H.I.E.L.D with Phil Coulson as director has been a well kept secret.

Conclusion

'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]
'The Defenders' [Credit: Netflix]

As you now see, it makes perfect sense why no showed up during the events of The Defenders, and just to furthermore prove to you why it makes sense, during that same month, the only Avenger who could've appeared was busy moving the Avengers base to Upstate New York, and was also busy keeping track of Spider-Man. It's amazing how well put together the MCU timeline is, and hopefully it stays this way!

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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

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