Season two of Marvel’s Daredevil has already hit Netflix and binge-watchers can tell you that it’s already just as good if not better than the first season. The darker tone still works incredibly well for the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen, and the additions of both Punisher and Elektra were genius decisions. If you think that Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk posed a big problem, then wait til you see him go up against Frank Castle. As somebody who has seen the season for himself, I can confirm that it is fantastic. While it’s not my favorite superhero show on air, it’s arguably the best one in my opinion.
Because Daredevil is still in the MCU, there would naturally be plenty of Easter eggs and little nuggets of callbacks from the comic books that we can sink our teeth into. If the amount of Easter eggs in season one was any indication, season two has plenty more. This time around, you wouldn’t catch hardly any of them if you haven’t seen anything else in the MCU or read the comics for that matter.
Luckily, for those of you that don’t have the time to go back, see all the movies and read all the comic books, we at TheRichest have got your back. We’ve broken down the Easter eggs and picked out some of the most interesting and relevant pieces in the entire season.
Here are 10 Easter eggs from Daredevil season two that will make any Marvel fan giggle with delight. Be careful as spoilers are ahead.
From the first episode in season two, we already got our look at the Punisher, and let me be the first to say that Jon Bernthal does an amazing job. In that first episode, we see him hunting a man named Grotto who is coincidentally under the protection of Nelson & Murdock. Unfortunately for Grotto, he is a sleazy underdog criminal that doesn’t have much significance outside of being in Punisher’s crosshairs, which is exactly how he was in the comics. He was originally introduced in the Frank Miller incarnation of Daredevil where he worked for Wilson Fisk, who is currently behind bars in the show.
9. Daredevil in Chains
Episode three saw Daredevil get captured by the Punisher while still reeling from a previous injury. When he wakes up, the “Man Without Fear” finds himself chained on a rooftop with a gun taped to his hand. Punisher then walks out with a criminal, forcing Daredevil to either pull the trigger and kill Punisher, or let Punisher shoot the criminal in the head. This comes straight from another Punisher comic, except in that story, Daredevil pulls the trigger only to find that Punisher had removed the firing mechanism. Later in the episode on the show, we find out that Punisher did the same to the gun in Daredevil’s hand.
8. Punisher’s Dog
After turning the Irish mob into swiss cheese, the Punisher takes one of their dogs which he grows to like. The dog then remains at his house barking ferociously at any stranger that may intrude. This dog came straight from the Punisher comics. Named Max, this canine hunted down and killed the people responsible for his owner’s death. After crossing paths with the dog, Punisher was impressed by its tenacity and took it as his own. Unlike the show, however, Max was very silent, using stealth instead to bring harm to anyone who invaded his new master’s home.
When the Punisher’s war on crime first hits the news, Foggy is terrified and states that the guy should be called “Punisher” or “Killdozer”. Killdozer refers to two different villains. One is a guy who worked on the Iron Monger suit for a villain of Tony Stark’s, but the more interesting one is a sentient bulldozer that bears the ancient spirit of a long lost race of robots that were wiped out by humans. There’s almost no chance that we’ll see that version of Killdozer in Daredevil or the MCU ever, but perhaps Lego will put him in one of their games.
6. Tony Curran
After hearing that the Irish mob and his son had all been put to death by the Punisher, mob boss Tony Curran shows up to enact his vengeance and rebuild his group. While he seems a bit more normal in the show, he is a serious villain in the original comics named Finn Cooley. In the comics, he was much more disfigured, and had the appearance of a skeleton with skin attached. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be making a return in Daredevil, as Punisher blasted him in the face with a shotgun.
5. Gladiator Suit
When Melvin Potter was introduced in season one of Daredevil, some viewers expected to see him become the Gladiator that was so prominent in Marvel Comics. However, he instead remains a working ally to the “Man Without Fear,” and even sets him up with some new gear. However, while he was speaking to Daredevil about Hell’s Kitchen becoming a war zone, he reveals that he had a new vest made for himself just in case things started to get rocky. This vest looks much more like his comic counterpart and makes us wonder whether we’ll see his transformation to a villain at some point.
4. Agents of SHIELD
Fans of Agents of SHIELD will have instantly spotted the connection Daredevil made to it fairly early in season two. After Daredevil escapes the clutches of the Punisher, he finds himself surrounded by a biker gang known as the Dogs of Hell, and chooses to fight his way out in one the best choreographed fight sequences of the show. If the baddies he fought looked familiar, that’s because the Dogs of Hell also made an appearance on Agents of SHIELD, except they were fighting Agent Coulson under the influence of an Asgardian villain. Just another normal day in the MCU.
3. The “Incident”
Season one of Daredevil loved making some small-handed references to The Avengers and the Battle of New York, so it’s no surprise that season two would take a similar route. While trying to dig up files on the Punisher, Karen Page goes to the New York Bulletin for some answers. After being taken back to a room filled with files, Karen wonders why it isn’t all on a computer. The editor says that “the incident” caused all of their files to get wiped out and they had to back everything up with real documents. This “incident” is most likely referring to the Avengers: Age of Ultron when the evil robot attacked the Internet itself.
2. Punisher’s Walk of Shame
The Punisher has never been one to not have a plan for everything, and that includes going to prison. In one of his comic incarnations, he ends up in prison and is slowly walked down a hall of inmates who are all afraid of him. This moment was recreated in Daredevil season two. As Punisher gets arrested for his crimes, he is walked down a prison hall with a bunch of criminals all out to get him for killing their friends. Luckily for Punisher, he seems to know what he got himself into.
1. Leading Up to Civil War
Marvel loves hyping Captain America: Civil War, and they’ve even done so in their other movies and shows. In Daredevil season two, there is a running theme about vigilantism being brought down and Daredevil wondering if Hell’s Kitchen needs heroes. This constant back and forth is definitely building to what will be the war between Avengers in the newest MCU film. Even in a voice-over near the end, Karen Page acknowledges that heroes live around us. Daredevil also recognizes that despite his messy ways, the world could use somebody like the Punisher. No doubt this is the same kind of reasoning that will affect Captain America’s final decision to fight Tony Stark.