(Warning: mild casting SPOILERS for the not-all-that-imminent Avengers: Infinity War may lie below - though at this distance in time, who honestly knows?)
Now, when it comes to superhero movies, there are some universal truths that come less from fact, and more from us all just kind of collectively agreeing that they're probably going to happen, irrespective of any evidence to the contrary. That's the logic that tells us a hero will die at the end of Captain America: Civil War, Wolverine will turn up in Deadpool at some point, and – of course – that Avengers: Infinity War will feature pretty much every single hero that the MCU has introduced up to that point.
The only problem, of course, being that all of that may well not be true – and in the case of the latter possibility, one of the film's co-directors might just have pooh-poohed the idea entirely.
According to Anthony Russo, Bringing Some of Marvel's Heroes to 'Avengers: Infinity War' Will Be "Complicated"
Specifically, Russo – pictured above left, next to his co-director and brother Joe – recently revealed to Brazilian site Super Interessante that the involvement of Marvel's Netflix-based heroes in Infinity War is still far from a given.
Specifically, he pointed out that:
"It's complicated... When we start to serialize the telling of stories is difficult. You have to have a lot of control and focus on the course of history. The films are controlled by a group led by Kevin Feige, so they function as a unit. Other products, even if they are from Marvel, are controlled by others. Then there is the possibility of a crossover, but it is more complicated. It is a smaller version of the problem that exists when thinking that Fox has the rights to certain characters, Sony and others. As storytellers, we only have control over what happens in Marvel movies, but everything is possible, Spider-Man (which has the rights held by Sony) was possible!"
Or, in other words?
Whether or Not Netflix's Heroes Appear in 'Avengers: Infinity War' Won't Be the Russo Brothers' Decision
That's right – according to Russo, the fates of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Punisher, Elektra and the as-yet-un-cast Iron Fist (along with any other heroes introduced in between now and 2018) remain very much in the hands of people who aren't directing Avengers: Infinity War.
Which in fact means there's no guarantee that we'll see any of them in any major Marvel movie, seeing as the same problems will apply throughout the MCU. Now, that may prove less of a problem for the more famous Daredevil – since a movie cameo from the Man Without Fear would likely be more commercially advantageous than one from his less well-known Netflix colleagues – but could well quash our hopes of watching Jessica Jones snark it up alongside Tony Stark, or Luke Cage take on The Hulk.
Or, of course, Russo could well simply be managing expectations – and keeping a few cards close to his chest.
What do you think?