The MCU Easter Eggs in ‘Daredevil’ Were Disappointing to Some Fans
The old Netflix series Daredevil still holds a lot of frustration with MCU fans because of how they teased connections with the movies that never arrived. Of course, this was a maddening problem with many of the other Marvel TV shows supposedly taking place in the MCU universe.
All fans should have realized it could never happen because of the disparity of budgets. Now, with Marvel saying those TV shows were never canon after all, what does it say about shows like Daredevil after showing numerous MCU Easter eggs?
Yes, they did more of those than the other shows did, sometimes to an even more frustrating level. Even so, it gave proof to many the show existed within the same MCU realms.
Which Easter egg stood out most glaringly to Daredevil fans?
Out of dozens, one Daredevil Easter egg really stands out to this day, and it was recently posted on Reddit. It occurs in the police station of Ben Urich where he has newspaper headlines hung up on the wall behind him. During a scene when Urich talks on the phone, a framed headline about “The Battle of NY” can be seen on the back wall.
Everyone was initially stunned seeing that since it gave the first confirmation all events of Daredevil took place not too far away from the events of The Avengers. In fact, Daredevil (or Matt Murdock) was probably around when the Battle of New York occurred.
Fans on Reddit, though, look back on this reference with disdain. After that first Easter egg, a number of other references popped up, despite none of them really proving a connection. One almost has to believe these exist in an alternative timeline since Marvel insists these shows are no longer a part of the MCU world fans know.
Other headlines reference past MCU events
Those who watched Daredevil carefully likely spotted some other newspaper headlines seen throughout the series run. According to one fan on Reddit, a headline was seen indicating Hulk’s battle with Abomination. Another user references events from Agents of SHIELD, proving an added connection to the TV timeline.
Said yet another Reddit user: “I read they had more props like these made for later seasons of Marvel Netflix, but the lawyers who were supposed to contact Marvel Studios about the use of the props never even bothered, so we never got anything more explicit than these framed newspapers from DD Season 1”.
Ironically, Marvel ended up selling props directly from Daredevil and its counterpart shows after each series was canceled, according to Slash Film. Legal entrapments and no doubt money issues prevented any prior use of MCU props.
Most telling are some headlines seen on the show that seemed to indicate there were darker things going on in the plots than the MCU let on. A good example is a headline talking about Captain America: Civil War. Based on the death count the article mentions, it goes beyond what was said in the film.
Was this a darker alternative timeline of events?
An eye-opening comment from Reddit said: “I still wonder how many people actually died in the attack. Civil War says it was “only” 74 but the paper here in Daredevil says it was hundreds which is what I expected. But usually the movies are actually canon over the series, especially the Netflix ones.”
With speculation like this, is it possible the Daredevil series seen on Netflix existed in a slightly darker alt-universe where more people died in Civil War than in the movie? Marvel will likely leave this open to fan interpretation since they now want to pretend these shows never existed.
All the Easter eggs seen in Daredevil will probably still be scoped out, however, for years to come. It may broach the theory that millions of outcomes are true as Doctor Strange noted so compellingly in Endgame.