(Note - potential SPOILERS for Netflix's Daredevil Season 2 lie below...)
With all the excitement surrounding the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's possible that a little of the wind has been taken out of the sails of what was arguably (in many ways) Marvel's most successful on-screen achievement to date: Daredevil.
After all, despite bringing a dark, brooding critical respectability to the Marvel universe for the first time, the Netflix series has inevitably lost some of its cultural currency now that we've all already binge-watched it three times. With so much attention now also having shifted to Captain America: Civil War, the series has, for many, already drifted into the back of their minds.
Which is a shame, really, since Season 2 is set to start filming soon, and from the sounds of it, it could be about to cast a major movie star to play an iconic villain.
We Might Just Have Our Bullseye
Specifically, the mysterious - and completely psychopathic - assassin with the ability to (pretty much) never miss.
Y'know, the one played by Colin Farrell in the Daredevil movie...
From the looks of it, though, Marvel is preparing to go a very different direction with their new Bullseye. The reason?
It Looks Like Jason Statham Is Set for the Part
Or, at least, according to Latino-Review, the actor is being "pursued" for the role, having reportedly met with Marvel earlier this week.
Which, since Bullseye is an incredibly important - and lethal - part of the Daredevil mythos, and Jason Statham is both a surprisingly good actor and a noticeably lethal-seeming dude on screen, could well be a match made in heaven.
What Does This Mean for the Show, Though?
Well, on the surface, not a whole lot - after all, we've already been given some pretty big hints that Bullseye - along with classic femme fatale/Daredevil love interest Elektra - would be heading to the show. She and Bullseye have a vital role in each others stories, of course, with a large part of Daredevil's rivalry with the villain traditionally coming from Bullseye's killing of Elektra - but there's no guarantee we'll see that in Season 2.
The potential casting of Statham, though, also tells us two very important things about Marvel's Netflix shows:
1) The massive success - especially critically - of Daredevil seems to be helping Netflix's Marvel shows join HBO as a widely-desired destination for major stars (like Statham).
2) The fact that Marvel is looking to cast recognizable - but expensive - faces like Statham in the show suggests a raising of expectations for the Netflix series' on Marvel's part - to go along with all of ours.
Which means one crucial thing:
Daredevil Season 2 Could - Just Possibly - Be Even Better Than Season 1
Or, at least, here's hoping!
What do you think, though?