Daredevil’s second series has been streaming for a few days now, and while the return to Matt Murdock’s Hell’s Kitchen has had slightly mixed reviews everyone’s agreed on one thing – there have been an AWFUL lot of Easter eggs, crossovers and sneaky references stuffed in amongst the ninja fights.
Read on to find out the best, but be warned – spoilers lurk below.
1. Back from hell
The Dogs of Hell biker gang who were one of The Punisher’s targets this series have actually appeared in the adapted Marvel universe before, back in season 1 episode 15 of Agents of SHIELD when they were under the control of Asgardian sorceress Lorelei.
2. Micro machines
Another Agents of SHIELD crossover (sort of) takes place towards the end of the season, when Jon Bernthal’s Punisher recovers a disk labeled “Micro” from his house shortly before he sets it on fire.
This is probably a reference to David “Microchip” Lieberman, who in the comics was The Punisher’s armourer and tech guru and is presumably about to get a visit from the vigilante for some new gear. Oh, and the character was also mentioned as a hacker contact of Skye (Chloe Bennet) in Agents of SHIELD, so there’s that.
3. Sigh for sai
The way Elektra was offed in this series parallels her death in the original comic books (and the 2003 film, but we don’t mention that) – stabbed by her own sai. The other times it was deadly marksman Bullseye who’s holding the blade and not Nobu as in the Netflix series but hey, close enough.
4. Jonesing for a cameo
There were a wealth of references to Daredevil’s sister Netflix series, with the super-strong PI mentioned as another vigilante by lawyer Marcy in a bar, and Jessica Jones character Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Ann Moss) making a cameo in the final episode to offer Foggy (Elden Henson) a job.
Detective Mahoney also makes a reference to former detective Oscar Clemons, who died in Jessica Jones, with the line: “I ever tell you what Clemons used to say? Gotta treat witnesses like mushrooms. Feed ’em shit and keep ’em in the dark.”
Other crossovers included Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) mentioning her aiding of Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, which took place in Jessica Jones, and the reappearance of District Attorney Samantha Reyes (Michelle Hurd), who turned up in the Krysten Ritter series’ final episode trying to prosecute Jessica for the murder of Kilgrave (David Tennant).
5. Tower of terror
Assistant DA Blake Tower ran off in fear at the end of the series, but considering his comic book counterpart worked with Luke Cage and Iron Fist as well as Daredevil we’re betting that we’ll see him again in one of their planned Netflix series.
6. Big Ben
Similarly, Fisk’s charismatic new lawyer Bejamin Donovan (Danny Johnson) originated in the comics as a Luke Cage character (with the alias Big Ben), so we may be seeing him in the upcoming Luke Cage series as well.
7. Face off
Irish gangster Finn Cooley (aka Vincent Van Gogh in Doctor Who) had his face shot off by The Punisher, in a reference to the character’s disfigurement in the source comics.
8. Zones – what are they good for?
Characters frequently refer to Hell’s Kitchen as a “war zone” during the season, which is almost certainly a reference to the popular comics run Punisher: War Zone and the 2008 Punisher movie of the same name.
9. Fist of Fury
A newspaper article on the Punisher also has a headline relating to a lost city, which could very well be an early bit of set-up for the recently cast Iron Fist series which features the mystical city of K’un-Lun, where martial artist Danny Rand (Finn Jones) gains the power of having a really heavy hand.
10. Bar nun
A dream sequence from Daredevil sees the young Matt Murdock being tended to by a nun, who is almost certainly his long-lost mother Maggie (if the comics are anything to go by).
11. Gladiator matched
Daredevil’s armourer Melvin Potter is the alter-ego of supervillain Gladiator in the comics, and this season continued the references to him, ranging from a gladiator poster on Melvin’s wall and his choice of disc-like throwing weapons to the body armour he makes himself (which greatly resembles the costume of his comic-book counterpart).
And towards the end of the season, we even see the designs for his mechanical suit – so it’s probably not long before Daredevil will have to face his former ally.
At one point Foggy suggests “Killdozer” as a name for Bernthal’s Frank Castle/The Punisher, which is actually the moniker of a villain from Marvel comics who stole the technology to make his own version of Iron Man’s armour (and also a 1974 horror film about a bulldozer possessed by a strange alien force brought to earth in a meteorite. No, really).
13. Night, Nurse!
Claire Temple’s banishment to the night shift by her superiors is a nod to her role in the comics as Night Nurse, who patches up many superheroes after their battles.
At one point Frank Castle speaks to a Vietnam veteran while holding Daredevil hostage on a roof, which harks back to The Punisher’s original origin as a soldier from the same war (now updated to be the Iraq war). Most notably, the old man has the same rank and company as Frank has in the comics – a Lieutenant in the Third Marine company.
15. Raise the roof
Speaking of which, that rooftop scene – where Punisher ties up Daredevil and gives him the choice to shoot him or a criminal he’s about to kill – is lifted directly from the comics, where it took place in a story called The Choice during Garth Ennis’s Punisher run.
16. Incident reports
The battle of New York from the first Avengers film is still causing trouble – apparently “The Incident” wiped the servers of the newspaper Karen Page (Deborah Ann Wool) helps out at.
17. Numbers game
At trial, Frank’s indictment number is 1986, which is the year of release of The Punisher’s first solo comic.
18. Rock on, Roxxon
Also mentioned was evil corporation Roxxon, which has previously popped up in all three Iron Man movies, Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD.
19. Prison Kingpin
After overthrowing his prison boss rival Dutton, Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk notes that there’s “only room for one kingpin” in the prison, which is a nod to Wilson’s alter ego, The Kingpin.
20. Give them the D
Both Wilson Fisk and Frank Castle are put in cell block D at the prison, which is probably a reference to The Devil in Cell Block D, a Daredevil storyline.
21. Also, Stilt-Man
In the running for the stupidest villain of all time, Stilt-Man is a Daredevil comic-book villain we’re unlikely to see any time soon – but it’s still fun to spot his costume in the background of Melvin’s workshop, where it also appeared in season 1.
Daredevil season 2 is available to stream on Netflix now