Marvel's Ant-Man and the Wasp has subtly explained how Daredevil Season 3 could connect to the wider MCU. There have only ever been the loosest ties between the popular Marvel Netflix shows and the movies. At the moment, the increasing gulf between the Marvel TV and movie divisions is generating real frustration among viewers, who had previously bought into the idea of "It's all connected".
It's important to realize, though, that the Marvel Netflix shows are currently running several years behind the movies. In fact, Jessica Jones Season 2 was the first Marvel Netflix series to be set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with liberal mentions of the Raft, the prison for "enhanced" individuals. That's why viewers tuning in to Luke Cage Season 2 expecting to see the impact of Avengers: Infinity War's ending were always destined for disappointment; Luke Cage was set in late 2016 or (at the latest) early 2017, meaning there were never going to be any tie-ins to Infinity War.
But that isn't to say that there couldn't be subtle connections between the Marvel Netflix shows and the rest of the MCU. In fact, Ant-Man and the Wasp may well have revealed a way Marvel could tie these threads together.
The FBI Enforce the Sokovia Accords
The key detail is that the FBI is responsible for policing some aspects of the Sokovia Accords in the United States. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the FBI monitors Scott Lang to ensure he doesn't break his house arrest. FBI agents are also conducting a manhunt for Hank and Hope, who possess sufficiently advanced technology that they're viewed as in breach of the Sokovia Accords. This is an important detail; previously we'd only ever seen S.H.I.E.L.D. involved with the Sokovia Accords in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but they'd been mostly concerned with identifying potential Inhumans and dealing with high-priority cases. Now we know that jurisdiction was presumably divided between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the FBI.
It's important to remember that the Sokovia Accords are binding in the current Marvel Netflix shows. There are subtle lines of dialogue in Jessica Jones Season 2 that suggest Jessica is registered with the government and allowed to use her powers to continue to operate as a private investigator. Luke Cage, the self-styled "Hero of Harlem," appears to be a difficult proposition for the government; although Luke hasn't registered, local police have allowed him to continue to operate. That's the clear implication of dialogue in which Ridenhour specifically calls Luke out as "an unregistered weapon." It's likely that Luke is too much of a celebrity, and attempting to enforce the Sokovia Accords in Harlem would have risked creating racial tension; thus Luke has been allowed more flexibility than would otherwise have been the case.
While Daredevil is currently believed to be dead, it's safe to assume that Daredevil Season 3 will see Matt Murdock resume his vigilante activities. Such a vigilante would inevitably be viewed as a breach of the Sokovia Accords, although not a high-priority one - nobody actually knows the self-styled "Devil of Hell's Kitchen" actually has super-powers. Given that's the case, it's safe to assume the FBI would be called in to investigate the resurgence in vigilante activity in Hell's Kitchen. It's already been confirmed that Daredevil Season 3 has a strong FBI presence, with Wilson Bethel cast as a mystery FBI agent who plays a major role. It's generally believed he may actually be portraying the MCU's version of the murderous Sin-Eater, a surprising twist that would see Daredevil Season 3 draw inspiration from a classic Spider-Man plot.
Given we now know the FBI is responsible for policing aspects of the Sokovia Accords, we now know just why they may be active in Hell's Kitchen. Should Matt Murdock suit up as Daredevil once again, he'll be in breach of the Accords, and the FBI will swoop in.
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019