Marvel’s Daredevil Review: Part 6
There are some nods here to the comics and to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that you would expect to find.
Of course there are the obvious references: Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. Those references let us know that we’re in the same universe. They don’t all happen at once, but they do happen, and they help to link the series to the rest of the MCU. Just like in the comics, though, that link is tangential, because the series wants to stand on its own feet.
What other references do we have? Well, we have The Owl. Here, he’s an underworld character, just like the comics, but Leland Owlsley will never fly.
We have a reference to the Steel Serpent, and because of that, K’un L’un. This will help link us to Iron Fist when it finally comes out.
There’s a reference to Wilson Fisk’s usual look of wearing a white suit and an ascot. I thought that was cute. And no, he never wears that suit, nor does he ever have his cane.
The Gladiator makes an appearance in a way you wouldn’t expect. I know I didn’t.
There’s a reference, sly and a bit sideways, to Wilson Fisk being the Kingpin. (Ben Urich uses playing cards to trace people’s connections, and put Fisk’s name on a king.)
I like the way they slipped in a reference to Elektra. I thought that was very, very fun, and could be seen as foreshadowing.
Karen makes a reference to doing drugs, which was a nice reference to what happens to her in the comics.
Eagle-eyed viewers will see a reference to the time the Hulk “broke Harlem.”
We also have what could be a reference to the Hand. There was a ninja, and I guess his death could be considered going up in smoke… (Watch the show if you haven’t already!)
I’m guessing that Stone makes an appearance. I guess that’s whom Stick was talking to at the end of his appearance.
I guess Rosario Dawson’s character could be seen as the Night Nurse. That’s not bad. Anything she’s in, I’m happy to watch.
There’s a reference to Creel, who becomes the Absorbing Man. He, of course, was in the second season of Agents of SHIELD.
A lot of stuff? No. But definitely enough for readers of the comics to have fun with, and definitely not anything that’s needed to enjoy the show. Just fun nods to the source material, with some foreshadowing of things to come.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m really looking forward to Iron Fist.