Daredevil Season 3 is just a few weeks away from airing, and with press having begun yesterday, excitement is beginning to permeate throughout the Man Without Fear's fanbase.
It's important to remember, however, that Daredevil is a part of the Marvel Universe, and that his story is directly intertwined with several other superheroes. One of his closest allies in the comics is actually Spider-Man, who was the first New York-based vigilante to take on Wilson Fisk - the infamous Kingpin of Crime. This connection has become a hot topic of conversation among Marvel fans, who are understandably excited by the prospect of Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock making the leap to the big screen to link up with Tom Holland's Peter Parker.
The same goes for Vincent D'Onofrio's Fisk, whose performances on Daredevil have cemented the character as one of the best villains in the MCU. Yesterday, the actor even went so far as to respond to a fan who claimed that it was "likely" that the villain will never appear alongside the wall-crawler in the MCU, saying "Who says?"
Now, obviously this has gotten a lot of people excited - understandably. The prospect of seeing Fisk - and Daredevil, for that matter - linking up with Spider-Man on the big screen is one not many could afford to miss, and if anyone is in a good position to say that it could happen, it's surely D'Onofrio. However, there's a context on the page (and one off it), that's sure to prevent this crossover - as well as any other Marvel TV-Film team-ups - from happening anytime soon.
For starters, in the comics, when Kingpin switched Spider-Man for Daredevil, it necessitated a switch in tone. There were two distinct characterisations at play, and it's the more sinister version portrayed by D'Onofrio in Daredevil; he's a monster, a ruthless murderer, and a character tonally at odds with the direction of the current Spider-Man films.
Then there's the situation between Marvel TV and Marvel Studios. The relationship between the two companies is said to be fractious at best, which is why we're yet to see any references to the Netflix shows on the big screen.
Don't get us wrong - it would be fantastic to see Kingpin to face off with Spider-Man in the future. For now, however, it remains a wish - and it'll likely be just that for the foreseeable future.