In an interview on Entertainment Tonight, Charlie Cox mentioned the possibility that someone else could be playing Daredevil in Avengers: Infinity War. Sure, there has not been any confirmation Daredevil is even in the movie, but surely he is bound to be one of the 67 characters in the movie. Right?
I do not like that idea at all. The article on Uproxx that had the interview compares this to Grant Gustin not playing The Flash in the Justice League movies, but they are wrong. Here is why. From the start, DC has stated that their TV universe is separate from the movie universe. It was a very DC thing to do, what with the Multiverse and all. Marvel did not do that. They did the opposite. They did the opposite.
While Marvel Studios and Marvel Television are two separate entities organizationally, Television has been linked with the Movies since its inception. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is led by Clark Gregg, who was in 4 of the first 6 movies. Samuel L. Jackson, Colbie Smulders, and Jamie Alexander have all made cameos as their movie characters. The show itself has has tie-in episodes with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron. There is Agent Carter, which has Hayley Atwell continuing the exploits of Agent Peggy Carter after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.
The Netflix stuff is a bit trickier. While no one from the movies has appeared in the shows, there are plenty of references to the movies. In Daredevil, the office of Ben Urich is littered with newspaper articles about events that had happened in the movies. Most notably, the Battle of New York in Avengers. Yeah sure, Marvel could say that Netflix is an alternate universe, in which the exact same events have taken place, but why do that?
Now, you may be saying, “but, Bruce Banner/Hulk was recast and that worked out fine.” And I would say that you are correct. But there were other factors at play in that decision. Same with James Rhodes. With what has been reported about Edward Norton in the past, does anyone really think he could have been a bit player in a larger cast? And money is what caused Terrance Howard to not return in Iron Man 2. Here, we have an actor expressing a desire to do the project. So, why not have Charlie Cox continue to be Daredevil in Infinity War? Would he cost too much? Do you want a more recognizable actor in case you decide to do a movie?
Personally, I say that you have made your bed, now you need to sleep in it. Everything just had to be connected. So now, live by your own precedent and connect everything. They are your own rules. It is the universe you created. Of course, I would not feel this way if I did not like Neflix’s Daredevil. Hopefully, Charlie Cox will play Daredevil in Infinity War.