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Marvel’s Daredevil has been one of Netflix’s most successful projects to date, being one of the most accurate and beloved live-action depiction of the Man Without Fear. As a matter of fact, it was so successful that production is already underway for season 2, scheduled to release in spring of 2016. This is great for viewers, because while there was some finality with Murdock’s confrontation with the Kingpin, there were still a few small questions that were left unanswered.
Despite being produced by Netflix, Daredevil is a Marvel project and fully fits with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Naturally, there’s going to be a lot of hidden references that’ll make comic book and MCU fans alike giggle knowingly. And with 13 episodes in total, that leaves a lot of room for cute little nods to Daredevil’s comic iterations, and other films in the MCU.
What’s most interesting about the easter eggs in the show is that nobody is there without reason, and every character has his/her purpose. Moreover, almost everyone can be tied back to a Daredevil comic of origin. Comic book fans weren’t going to catch that on the first go. Now there were some more blatant references, like Foggy saying to Matt that he could put wings on his head but that wouldn’t make him Captain America. It’s little things like that we love keeping our eyes out for.
So here are 12 easter eggs in Daredevil that you probably missed.
12. Battle of NY
While the show is largely distant from the films in the Marvel Universe, it would be hard to not at least mention the events that took place in The Avengers. Sure, no one blatantly calls out this bombastic team of superheroes, but there are a few references to Loki’s Chitauri invasion. The most obvious one is probably in Ben Urich’s office, showcasing a cover titled “Battle of NY”. Not only that, but Urich was also apparently the reporter for an event titled “Harlem Terror” which at closer look is recognizably the battle between Hulk and Abomination in The Incredible Hulk.
11. Black Goes With Everything
It was an interesting decision by Marvel to not have Matt Murdock wear the iconic Daredevil suit in the show until the very end. Nonetheless, what he wore was still a nice addition. But it was more than just “cool factor” that motivated that all black outfit. It was actually based on Frank Miller’s “The Man Without Fear” comic where Daredevil wears a suit that looks awfully familiar. Another little easter egg about Frank Miller is that he is also the writer of “The Dark Knight Returns” where Batman and Superman fight each other, which is being adapted in a certain upcoming movie.
10. Crusher vs. Murdock
An old ostentatious poster set in Fogwell’s Gym shows that Matt’s dad, Battlin’ Jack Murdock once had a fight with “Carl Crusher Creel” a man better known by his alter ago, Absorbing Man. This is a sly nod to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where Creel actually appeared as an antagonist for our favorite team of agents/Inhumans. The gym also introduces the name Roscoe Sweeney, who in the comics, was known as The Fixer and was the one who orchestrated Jack Murdock’s untimely death.
9. Leland “The Owl” Owlsley
The character Leland Owlsley wasn’t much more than a greedy businessman in the Daredevil show, but in the comics, he was a little bit more. He served as the villain, The Owl. Bearing some shiny claws and a flowing green cape, he attempted to make a fool out of Matt Murdock. However, due to Leland’s… ahem… departure, he will not become The Owl during the show. He does have a son though, who could very well end up taking the mantle in the long run. It’d be a nice touch.
Melvin Potter’s workshop is packed to the brim with cute nods and references to Daredevil’s life in the comics, but the one most notable are the familiar pair of metal legs sitting in the corner. This is no doubt an homage to the campy Daredevil villain, Stilt Man, whose power is walking on stilts. He is definitely a little too ridiculous to be portrayed on television, so this is probably as close as we’re ever going to get. It’s still amazing how that character ended up being used more than once in multiple storylines, even being taken on by the likes of Spider-Man.
7. Melvin Potter/The Gladiator
On the note of Melvin Potter’s workshop, there a lot of references to the comic iteration of Melvin Potter himself. In the comics, he was the Daredevil villain known as The Gladiator, who specialized in enhanced strength, excellent costume design, and using sawblades on his arms. It’s a deadly yet excellent touch then that Potter’s fight with the Man Without Fear included him throwing a sawblade out of defense. It’s unclear whether he’ll become The Gladiator in a later season or not, but by the looks of he and Daredevil helping each other out, I’d probably bet against it.
6. A Greek Girl
During a flashback showcasing Matt and Foggy’s college years, Foggy talks about Matt going to a foreign language class just to be around “that Greek girl” that he ended up dating. According to Matt, “it didn’t work out.” This is reference to Elektra, who is like the Catwoman of the Daredevil universe. Sometimes a villain, but also one of Murdock’s main love interests. Elektra is set to appear in season 2, no doubt to either mess with Matt’s head or help him in his fight against the Punisher. Either way, there’s plenty of reason to get hyped.
This may possibly be a bit of a reach, but the coincidences are a little too uncanny to ignore. In one of the episodes, while Daredevil is being hunted by the police and The Kingpin’s men, he has trouble with a particular sniper who has an excellent shot. When the camera shows the sniper, a brief shot shows that he has an ace of spades in his bag: a “calling card” if you will, of the popular Daredevil villain named Bullseye. Bullseye will most likely appear in season 2 of Daredevil, but if not, it’s only a matter of time.
4. St. Agnes Orphanage
Another cute little tie to the MCU at large: after Matt’s father was killed, he was sent to the St. Agnes Orphanage, where Stick eventually found him. This orphanage was also the very same orphanage where Skye (or Daisy) from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. grew up in, before she got caught in all kinds of crazy adventures with Phil Coulson. My bet is that if Marvel decides they want to further connect their Netflix shows with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they’ll do it through this little similarity.
3. Steel Serpent
When Madame Gao begins delivering drugs, they bear a strange symbol with a coiled up red serpent. Interestingly enough, this is the same symbol used by the Steel Serpent, the archnemesis of Iron Fist (who is getting his own Netflix show, might I add). Would this connect Gao to Steel Serpent? If so, that could set up for some interesting crossovers when Iron Fist finally debuts. There is a theory going around that Gao is connected with the mystical city of K’un-Lun, but that has yet to be confirmed.
2. Sticks and Stones
One of the unanswered questions in Daredevil comes from the final bit of the episode where Stick makes a return. In it, he meets up with a muscular individual littered with scars all over his back. This is no doubt the character Stone. A man blessed with invulnerability; he teams up with Stick and Daredevil (among others) to contest the mysterious organization known as The Hand. Could that moment have been pointing to something bigger at play? That brings me to my final easter egg.
1. The Hand
One of the most intense and interesting fights in Daredevil was when Nobu showed up decked out in red ninja garb, complete with all kinds of sharp objects. This is evidently very similar to the suits worn by members of the supernatural ninja organization known as The Hand. Between that, Stone’s introduction, and other small references, Marvel could very well be planning to bring The Hand as a primary antagonist in the future of Daredevil, forcing the Man Without Fear to form an unlikely alliance with murderers Stick and Stone. Who knows? Maybe even Elektra will join the fun.