It seems that [Daredevil](movie:47230) is the talk of the MCU right now - unsurprisingly, with the full first season released on Netflix and [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) not yet released. It's an incredible (and very dark) take on the Man Without Fear, and while it's a Netflix original series, it's still very much connected to the larger MCU.
Throughout the series, references are made to the events of Avengers - from talking about how it's boosted building work and development, to a straight up comparison of Matt Murdoch in his black mask to the superheroes in the Battle of New York. Really, it's not surprising to see it come up so much - Daredevil's stomping ground being Hell's Kitchen, there's no way they could exist in the same universe WITHOUT having it come up from time to time.
Now the big question is; when will we see Daredevil (and the rest of the defenders getting Netflix series) joining the big screen? According to Bleeding Cool, we have an answer.
I understand that the Netflix Defenders characters will appear in the Avengers moves - Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.
But not until the second Avengers Infinity War movie. Scheduled for May 2019.
Well, we've always known that Marvel has big plans to connect absolutely everything in their universe, and I'm not surprised that their big screen debut is still four years away.
For one thing, they obviously need to finish releasing all of the four shows, before bringing the characters onto the big screen - it's actually a really useful way to allow for in-depth character development and backstory without having to include it all in a movie. It's actually really refreshing to think that we will end up with four "new" characters in [Avengers: Infinity War - Part II](movie:2390833) movie who require absolutely zero introduction to the audience. Saves time for more superhero battling!
The remaining three series in the interconnected quad are planned to come out between this year and next (Jessica Jones, followed by Iron Fist and finally, Luke Cage), Marvel still needs some space to measure audience reaction to each show and to bring them together. If some of the characters just aren't well-received, there is no doubt that Marvel will take that into account when deciding how much screen time to give them.
It seems that Marvel has their timetable worked out perfectly to get audiences good and involved in the Defenders on the small screen before they make the leap - and it will be great to see characters going from TV to movie in the MCU, rather than the other way around. As a "team", the Defenders fit perfectly into the larger world that Marvel is building, being connected to the Hulk, Dr Strange, and to New York City.
As always, I just can't wait to see what Marvel comes up with next!