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Daredevil Season 3 Reveals How Wolverine Can Join The MCU

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Daredevil season 3 featured a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance from Dr. Oyama, and in so doing it lays the foundations for bringing Wolverine into the MCU. Although the character is relatively little-known, he's a key part of Wolverine's backstory.

At this point, the Disney/Fox acquisition looks like a certainty. Employees have been told the deal will be "ready to close" on January 1, 2019. Given that's the case, Marvel fans are eager to see how the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will join the wider MCU. Marvel Television seems to have a lot more leeway to tease the impending arrival of these two franchises than the movies. As a result, Iron Fist season 2 already had a reference to the Baxter Building, a brilliant Easter egg that hints at the Fantastic Four.

Related: Why Marvel TV Can Tease X-Men & Fantastic 4, But Movies Can't

There's another Easter egg in Daredevil season 3, a brief scene at the end of the season featuring one Dr. Oyama. He's an important figure in the comics - and he's closely tied to the origin of Wolverine.

Daredevil Season 3 Introduces Doctor Oyama

One of the core storylines of Daredevil season 3 revolved around Ben "Dex" Poindexter, the man who's destined to become Bullseye. Poindexter suited up as Daredevil, and cut a bloody swathe across Hell's Kitchen. In the end, Dex and Fisk wound up going head-to-head, and Fisk broke Dex's spine. The last moment of the series revealed that the sociopath had agreed to be subjected to an experimental process to repair his back, involving something called a "cogmium steel reinforcing framework." This idea is lifted straight from the comics, although there Bullseye's bones were reinforced with Adamantium after his back was broken.

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The medic in charge of the experimental surgery at the end of Daredevil season 3 is Dr. Oyama. In the comics, Kenji Oyama - a.k.a. Lord Dark Wind - is a wealthy surgeon whose military career earned him fame and fortune. He used his money to become a powerful political figure, secretly funding extremists and terrorists. Lord Dark Wind became dedicated to the idea of creating the ultimate soldier, and his experiments with Bullseye were among them. He sought to turn Bullseye into the perfect, unstoppable assassin, a tool he would use to gain political power and eliminate his enemies.

Doctor Oyama Is Key To Creating Wolverine In The Comics

But, in the comics, Bullseye isn't the only living weapon Doctor Oyama created. He's also an important figure in X-Men mythology; Lord Dark Wind was the one who worked out a process to bind the human skeleton with Adamantium. The procedure included complex surgery on the bones and the use of herbs to prevent the body from rejecting the implants. Oyama's notes were stolen by the Weapon X Project, and he was never able to perfectly reproduce the process. His experiments with Bullseye were part of this.

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Related: A Brief History of the Weapon X Program

Lord Dark Wind is, therefore, associated with both the X-Men and Daredevil franchises. This probably means that his rights are shared between Marvel and Fox, explaining why Marvel Television had no problems name-dropping him. It's notable that Daredevil season 3 refers to Oyama experimenting with cogmium steel on Bullseye rather than Adamantium. The rights to Adamantium will most likely sit squarely with Fox for now, so Marvel has switched things up with another fictional metal. It's impossible to know how cogmium steel compares to Adamantium; neither metal actually exists. But the comparison doesn't really matter; it's not as though Wolverine himself will debut in Daredevil season 4, after all, so it's not as though Bullseye will ever be crossing paths with the clawed mutant.

Page 2 of 2: How Doctor Oyama Could Lead to Wolverine and the Weapon X Project

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