Fans of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe knew ahead of time that their first foray onto Netflix would be filled with easter eggs and subtle nods to its movie and TV siblings. Now that Daredevil has finally arrived (read our review), it’s clear that the comic book source material is alive and well. And for the die-hard fans and trivia-obsessed, that means loads of Marvel Comics easter eggs just waiting to be found.

The old classics remain – most of the characters are direct adaptations of their comic counterparts, and the go-to MCU entities (Roxxon Oil) pop up – but many are far subtler. Needless to say, there will be plenty of spoilers concerning the characters and story ahead, but we’ll do our best to keep the reveals to a minimum. Here is our list of Daredevil Easter Eggs, Trivia & Comic References.

WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Chemical Barrels

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The tale of Matt Murdock begins, fittingly, with the most important moment of his origin story. It’s Matt’s father Jack who first stumbles on his son not long after he has saved the life of an elderly man, putting himself (specifically, his eyes) in harm’s way. The substance which blinds Matt is never stated, but the barrels reveal it to be “TYP A” with the serial number “0464XXXX” – as in April 1964, when “Daredevil #1” was first published.

Father Lantom

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Prior to Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) beginning his vigilante activities, he informs a Catholic priest (Peter McRobbie) of his wicked intentions. The priest is no throwaway role, however, as ‘Father Lantom’ is a well-established man of faith in Marvel Comics. He may perhaps be best remembered as an ally to Marvel’s “Runaways”, a comic series following a group of teens that was once written by Joss Whedon – friend and collaborator of Netflix’s Daredevil creator Drew Goddard.

“Work in Progress”

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The first costume adopted by Matt Murdock may be “a work in progress,” but it was first seen in Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.’s “Man Without Fear” miniseries. Telling a tale of Daredevil’s early days, the black suit and ‘mask’ are used by Matt to conceal his identity as he – just like the series – takes down a human trafficking ring.

Carl ‘Crusher’ Creel

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This may be harder to miss than the rest of the easter eggs on our list, but if the name of Jack Murdock’s opponent sounds familiar, it should. Carl “Crusher” Creel has already been seen in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, better known as ‘The Absorbing Man’ who showed up to give Coulson’s team trouble on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The time frame may seem off, but Marvel has confirmed it’s the same Creel, meaning Jack put the hurt on an up-and-comer, not a seasoned boxer.

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Creative Design

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Seeing the name “Barton” on a background poster during one flashback into Matt’s childhood would have caught the eye of any Avengers fan. However, the rest of the names visible reveal that the set decoration is, as usual, a nod to the designers behind the scenes. Specifically, nods to production designer Loren Weeks, art director Toni Barton, and the art department’s Dennis Moyes and Chan Lin can all be spotted, along with reference to “Daredevil” comic talents like writers Christos and Ruth Gage, Luke Kalteux, and artist Lee Weeks, among others.

Roscoe

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The man who demands Jack Murdock take a dive in the fifth round of his bout with Creel may seem like a minor player, but being referred to as “Roscoe” confirms his identity. The man is Roscoe Sweeney, the Marvel Comics villain responsible for fixing fights, earning the name of – unsurprisingly – ‘The Fixer.’

Rigoletto

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When Wilson Fisk’s right hand man Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore) states his employer has acquired another mob boss’ racket, a man by the name of “Rigoletto,” comic fans took it as a sign that at least part of the Kingpin’s origin story had been adapted from the comics. Rigoletto is actually Don Rigoletto, a mob boss who first hired Fisk as his bodyguard and enforcer, before Fisk took his life – and his criminal empire along with it.

The Owl

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Movie and TV fans will instantly recognize seasoned actor Bob Gunton (The Shawshank RedemptionArgo), portraying straight-laced corporate criminal Leland Owlsley. When a character is given a name that odd, you can bet that a villainous pun is to blame – in the comics, Owlsley would take on the moniker of ‘The Owl’ as an antagonist to Daredevil.

Steel Serpent

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With Daredevil marking Marvel’s first foray onto Netflix, it was assumed that the series would include a few teases of what was to come in AKA Jessica JonesLuke Cage and Iron Fist. For now we’ll simply say that the show has several possible connections to Iron Fist‘s characters and organizations, one of which being the insignia marking Madame Gao’s heroin. It’s the same image scrawled on the chest of Iron Fist villain Steel Serpent.

Fogwell’s Gym

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When his day of legal action is done, Matt Murdock heads to Fogwell’s Gym to hone his boxing skills in privacy (and darkness). The gym being featured so prominently (both with Matt and his father) is no coincidence, being introduced in the very first “Daredevil” comic as the location where “a story different from any you have ever read before” first began.

Night Nurse

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Matt Murdock has Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) to thank for his life, putting her medical knowledge to use in patching him up when his nocturnal exploits go amiss. Though a character from Marvel Comics – appearing as medic and girlfriend to Luke Cage – it seems that this incarnation of Claire has been blended with the comics’ ‘Night Nurse’ a.k.a. Linda Carter. Stitching up superheroes and vigilantes ended up being a full-time job, with Night Nurse even playing a role in “Civil War.”

Call Me “Mike”

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To keep Claire from learning too much, it’s agreed upon for her to refer to Matt as simply “Mike.” It’s too practical to be an explicit nod to the comics, however, Mike Murdock is a character too strange to forget. When Matt decided he needed to let off some steam, he donned a disguise and the role of Mike Murdock, Matt’s twin brother. Thankfully, the show casts off the alias even faster than the comics did.

Josie’s

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There are plenty of dive bars and pubs to be found in Hell’s Kitchen, but when Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) set out on their bar-hopping evening, it’s no surprise they wind up at Josie’s. The bar has been featured in several comics, usually tied to Daredevil and his supporting cast.

St. Agnes Orphanage

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It is eventually revealed that following Jack Murdock’s death, Matt winds up being cared for at St. Agnes’ Orphanage. The name will again sound familiar to the Marvel die-hards, as St. Agnes’ is also where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Skye (a.k.a. Daisy Johnson) was raised once classified as an ‘0-8-4.’

Van Lunt Real Estate

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In a Marvel Universe project it’s safe to assume that any name featured prominently is a subtle reference to an existing comic creation. Such is the case with the former owner of Matt and Foggy’s offices, as the lettering for “Van Lunt Real Estate Co.” can clearly be seen beneath their paper plaque – a nod to supervillain Cornelius Van Lunt, who would transform from real estate magnate to a costumed villain, ‘Taurus’.

Atlas Investments

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With a villainous tease on their own office door, the space across the hall from the budding law practice features a far friendlier easter egg. The name and logo of Atlas Investments is a throwback to Atlas Comics, the company that would eventually evolve into Marvel Comics.

Ben Urich

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Ben Urich was made famous as an investigative reporter in the comic pages, and has his sterling instincts and journalistic integrity adopted for Daredevil, with actor Vondie Curtis-Hall in the role. Unfortunately, the series had to make some changes to his character: with The Daily Bugle now the resident newspaper of Sony’s Spider-Man universe, Urich is now an employee of The New York Bulletin.

Spidey’s Garden

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When Fisk and Madam Gao meet to discuss the former’s conflicts of the heart, they do so in a nearly impossible location: a lush, calm garden in the heart of Manhattan. The garden had previously been featured in another Marvel blockbuster, when Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst) stumbled upon it in the first Spider-Man (2002). It’s located atop the British Empire Building in Rockefeller Center.

Melvin Potter

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When Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) has his suit sliced open by a Russian blade, he informs his top lieutenant to arrange for “Mr. Potter” to make him another. The reference is paid off later in the series, revealing the man to be Melvin Potter, a tailor responsible for some of the more eccentric uniforms seen in Hell’s Kitchen’s criminal underworld (including his own).

Kingpin’s Style

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When Vanessa (Ayalet Zurer) informs Fisk of a previous suitor, she mockingly notes his “white suit and ascot,” which Fisk similarly notes as an odd choice. The lines are a wink to the fans, since a white suit and ascot have been staples of Kingpin’s wardrobe for decades.

Officer Lee?

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No Marvel project is complete without a cameo from Stan Lee, and the Daredevil set decorators outdid themselves, with a cameo that most viewers are guaranteed to miss. When Matt heads to a police station to investigate a crooked condo developer, a photo honoring a police officer can be seen hanging on the back wall that is undoubtedly a shot of the comic legend.

Asano Robotics?

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Viewers were likely too preoccupied with the sudden arrival of Matt’s Mentor Stick (Scott Glenn) to take note of the shipping container bringing “Black Sky” to shore. But those able to read Japanese characters will immediately read the label as ‘Asano Robotics.’ Though that may not have much of a connection to the boy contained within, the name is a reference to Yoshida Asano and the robotic technology that help him become “Iron Man” villain Samurai Steel.

“The Greek Girl”

 

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When Foggy makes mention of “the Greek girl” in Matt’s past, it’s sure to conjure up some memories that movie fans may wish to leave forgotten. The woman being referred to is almost certainly Elektra Natchios, portrayed by Jennifer Garner in Daredevil (2003) and her own spinoff film, but left out of the Netflix series (for now).

The Hand

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It was comic writer Frank Miller who first revealed just how many ninjas there were operating out of Hell’s Kitchen, and the plot thread is just one of several introduced by Miller now adapted to live-action. Though the real organization, mission, and leaders of The Hand are likely to be revealed in the future, there are more than enough signs of what’s to come for even casual viewers to enjoy.

Sticks and Stones

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When Stick reports in to an unknown man, it’s a safe bet even newcomers to the franchise could tell some larger forces and players were being hinted at. The character has been reported to be ‘Stone,’ with actor Jasson Finney portraying the other pupil of Stick’s. However, in this version, it seems their relationship has been turned on its head, with the martial arts master giving Stick the orders.

Gladiator/Stilt-Man

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The tease of Melvin Potter is eventually paid off when his workshop is shown to include more than one nod to Marvel Comics villains. The strangest inclusion is villain ‘Stilt-Man’s signature legs, but there is also more than one reference to Potter’s future alter-ego, ‘Gladiator’ (we’re looking at those buzzsaw arm designs). Potter is also played by Matt Gerald, who previously appeared in the Marvel one-shot All Hail The King as ‘White Power Dave.’

A Familiar Sketch

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New Yorkers get to see the name and likeness of Matt Murdock’s vigilante when the Bulletin publishes a front page story about the mysterious Daredevil. The image may jump out to veteran comic readers, as a clear homage to artist Alex Maleev’s cover for “Daredevil” Volume 2, #60.

Conclusion

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Those are all the Easter eggs, bits of comic book trivia, and subtle references we’ve noticed so far, aside from the explicit reference to Avengers and the larger Marvel universe. Be sure to tell us which ones we missed, and we’ll add them to the list.

SEE ALSO: Daredevil Premiere Review

Daredevil season 1 is available now, only on Netflix.