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!!!
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.
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”
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
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.
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.
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.’
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.
Movie and TV fans will instantly recognize seasoned actor Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption, Argo), 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.
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 Jones, Luke 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.
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