This 'Daredevil' Easter Egg References 'The Avengers’& You Might Have Missed It In Season 2
Daredevil isn't as integrated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., at least not yet, but every now and then they show their hand in a cool way. Did you catch the Avengers Easter Egg in Daredevil Season 2? It's one that I missed the first time around, that's for sure, and I'm still not decided on what it's referring to specifically. There are spoilers ahead for Daredevil Season 2 Episode 5, so don't read on if you want to discover this reference yourself.
It's definitely an Avengers Easter Egg, but whether they're referring to the 2012 film or last year's Avengers: Age of Ultron is a bit of a dispute. Midway through the lateste Daredevil season, when Karen goes to the New York Bulletin to research Frank Castle, she gets a rude awakening from Mitchell Ellison about the way investigative research is being done these days. He notes that the paper's servers have been down since "The Incident," causing them to revert to unorganized paper files for decades of material. Now, in Daredevil Season 1 "the incident" was code for Loki's attack on New York and in Jessica Jones Season 1 as well.
However, plenty of relevant news about Frank Castle would have taken place after the 2012 Chitauri Invasion, so this server crash must have been recent, right? Could this be referring to Ultron himself? In the Avengers sequel, the villain was "in the internet" and erased some of Tony Stark's files, causing the team to go analogue as well. Apparently, he must have wreaked havoc through the internet in other places as well. Ellison said that they lost decades of data. WhatCulture labeled this moment as an Ultron reference, and I am inclined to agree.
This newspaper may actually be the strongest link to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the series, actually. When you look around the bull pen and in Ben Urich's office in particular, various headlines reference the Battle of New York from The Avengers, Bruce Banner's battle that destroyed Harlem in The Incredible Hulk, and Cybertek from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to name a few. That makes sense. Even though S.H.I.E.L.D. is a secret organization, there have been plenty of newsworthy moments that cannot be ignored by the general public.
Additionally, since most of the Marvel movie's damage took place in the fictional nation of Sokovia, as well as smaller battles in South Africa and South Korea, I like that we're seeing whatever small ripple effects there are in other areas. Even if this is just referring to the first Avengers team-up, it's still interesting to think about the damage being more than just physical in the Marvel and Daredevil universe.
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