Though the Avengers Tower is a major landmark within the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, many fans have noticed that the building is never seen in the Marvel TV series. The stories technically take place in the same world and in the same city, but the shows haven’t included any visual references to the iconic tower. Why is that?
Marvel TV’s co-executive producer Jeph Loeb has finally provided an explanation—a very weak explanation.
"I think it’s much more that we look at it from the point of view of 'where are we?' and having to establish that along the way," Loeb told Inverse. "In many ways, being less specific helps the audience understand that this could be on any street corner. Where we’re sitting right now, I can see the Empire State Building, but if we were sitting 30 blocks that way, I wouldn’t be able to see the Empire State Building. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It just means that we can’t see it from where we are."
Loeb reiterated that the characters in the MCU and Marvel TV series are all living in the same world; however, it would be complicated to make their stories intersect.
"It is all connected. And they do live in a world where Tony Stark is Iron Man, and by the same token they are aware that there are heroes that live in New York that aren’t part of the Avengers," he explained. "What it really comes down to is story. We can always put in a line that says 'this person’s going to Hulk out,' but whether or not those stories are going to intersect with each other or those characters are going to interact with each other is complicated on a numbers of things.
He continued, "One is schedule, the other is they are on different networks and oftentimes networks have feelings about that that we have to take into consideration. And, lastly, and most importantly, is storytelling […] if you read Marvel comics, you recognize that it’s probably fairly rare that Thor’s going to run into Ghost Rider, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t live in the same world."