If you've already played Lego Marvel Superheroes, then, let's be honest, you've probably already fallen in love with it.
If not, then I can pretty much guarantee one of your friends has it at their place. It's OK, feel free to just head over there and play it for 12 hours straight. We'll wait.
Alright, we all here? Then let's begin, because Lego Marvel Superheroes is - as it turns out - hiding a pretty major secret to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It goes...a little something...like this...
(Note, thar be major SPOILERS for Lego Marvel Superheroes from here on in)
Now, Lego Marvel Superheroes has one of those classic video game 'plots' - in that it's all really just a tenuous way to get a bunch of different Marvel heroes into the same level, and then to have them complete a bunch of tasks.
By the end of the main storyline, though, the whole thing has come to a pretty satisfying conclusion.
And then, the Guardians of the Freakin' Galaxy show up.
Because let's be honest, it wouldn't be much of a Marvel release if there wasn't a mid-credits sequence teasing a soon to arrive movie.
That, though, is where things get interesting. Back when Lego Marvel Superheroes was released in 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy was still a whole long way away - so that cameo is very much a tease for the movie's release.
After they appear, though, we see a rustling in the bushes, and another superhero emerges - one who, like the Guardians, we haven't seen any sign of during the main plot.
Yup, that's right. The Black Panther.
You can check out the video of the whole thing below, incidentally, just to make sure I'm not messing with you:
Now, the Guardians appearing makes a whole lot of sense - seeing as their then upcoming movie had already been announced when the game was released. The Panther, though? His long-rumored movie is still yet to be officially confirmed.
Could his appearance in the mid-credits sequence of Lego Marvel Superheroes then suggest that he's about to hit the screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
After all, the game's makers clearly had some sort of involvement with Marvel - seeing as the whole in-game Avengers team are very much based on the movie versions...
...and the Guardians are very clearly appearing as a movie-establishing cameo.
So why would the Black Panther appear alongside them if he wasn't going to be in a movie soon himself?
Maybe it's just a coincidence, though?
Well, tell you what, let's take a look at the other heroes and villains who appear in the sort-of-post credits bonus missions that you can play through after completing the main story.
The Sinister Six
Magneto and Mystique
All of whom just so happen to have either had movies or TV series' based on them come out since the release of Lego Marvel Superheroes, or have one on the way.
And, of course, there's the small matter of the hero who narrates every single side mission:
Whose new movie was confirmed to be on its way yesterday.
The only major side-mission characters that aren't already heading to (or already on) the screen?
And, in a minor cameo within an Iron Man-centered side mission...
Both of whom are currently being heavily linked to a forthcoming screen debut.
The only character who really breaks the pattern, then?
...and he was already in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. And doesn't actually do anything in his level, which mostly focuses on:
The most important thing, though, is this: None of those characters - not even Ms. Marvel - were given that coveted, movie-promoting mid-credits teaser slot.
That was very much left to the soon-to-arrive Guardians of the Galaxy...and The Black Panther.
So when [Marvel](channel:932254) finally announce that the Panther is their next movie hero - just remember:
Lego Marvel Superheroes totally gave that away back in 2013.