Among the problems that plague Batman v Superman, the slavish effort to build a universe than tell a tight story is its worst offense. Maybe Zack Snyder should takes notes from Marvel, which only subtly fleshed out its universe further in Daredevil Season 2 that hit Netflix a few short weeks ago.
Mr. Sunday Movies, a popular YouTuber who talks about comic book movies, did a deep dive into the second season of the Netflix series that lays out all of the show’s Easter eggs that cement Daredevil in the Marvel tapestry even if not a single person mentions any Avenger by name.
Not all of them are meant to be “for the universe.” Some are innocuous, like the ship Punisher blows up bears the number 227, referencing the issue that begins Frank Miller’s Born Again arc in Daredevil #227. Others are more obvious, like newspaper articles of the Battle of New York from The Avengers and Hulk’s Harlem rampage from the end of 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Then there’s the stuff you have to be as blind as Matt Murdock to miss, like Carrie Ann Moss reprising her Jessica Jones character Jeri Hogarth for a dinner with Foggy.
He doesn’t get them all, however. For example, though he does mention Melvin’s armor and disc weapons (Melvin is the super-villain Gladiator in Daredevil comics), he doesn’t mention the most glaring reference to Melvin’s future persona: a vintage gladiator poster on the wall of his workshop.
Could Melvin soon turn on his vigilante pal in Season 3? That they clashed almost immediately after Marvel’s Civil War is a good indicator they might very, very soon.
Season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil is now on Netflix.