The Daredevil Netflix series goes live on Friday, and I’ve already got my hooky excuse prepared for work (is it too suspicious if I told them that I was struck by blind by a radioactive isotope?).
From the trailer and early reviews, we’re about to get our first look at a gritty, R-rated Marvel cinematic installment. There’s not much room for viking gods hammers and falling helicarriers in this series, but there are still a few “tiny” ties to the greater MCU that would be fun to see:
A Fly By
Imagine this: Daredevil in an alley, dealing with some super messed-up domestic crime. He stops a guy from hitting his wife, but then then someone shoots him from behind. [Daredevil](movie:47230) turns, and sees an eight year old boy holding the pistol. Messed up, right? Then we get a small glimpse of Iron Man speeding across the sky, completely oblivious to the evil festering underneath him. This would send a strong message that we’re not in your older brother’s MCU anymore, kids.
A Hero to Fear
The traditional concept of a “super-hero” does not exist in the MCU, because there are no secret identities. To the public, the Avengers are super-gifted people with colorful code names. Daredevil is the first masked hero in a world where only criminals wear masks. If the public fear him, they would REALLY fear Spider-Man and the anonymous Inhumans popping up on Agents of SHIELD. Support for a meta-human registration act would certainly grow and escalate into the Civil War.
The Impact of a 9-11 Event on the MCU New York City
Guys. Aliens invaded planet Earth and trashed Midtown New York City. This is the most world-altering thing that has ever happened, and yet it’s barely mentioned. A few characters have name dropped “New York,” but otherwise life in the MCU is pretty much like life in the real world. I want to see how things have changed on a street level. Does the President include alien defenses in his State of the Union now? Are there extraterrestrial threat levels?
Show us people who lost family on that day. Do these ordinary citizens look up at the sky and feel powerless and afraid? How do they respond? Maybe by putting on masks and beating up thugs.
[Doctor Strange](movie:559685)’s Santcum Santorum
Bleeker Street is a long way from Hell’s Kitchen. But, if Matt Murdock ever took Karen Page on a lunch date to the Village it would be nice to see this comics icon in the background. Maybe throw in a bald Asian man carrying a bag of groceries up the front steps.
(By the way, doesn’t “Sanctum Santorum” sound like a place where you can safely store all your santorum? Ew.)
Defending a Cameo In Court
Matt Murdock is the Marvel universe’s go-to lawyer. He’s defended the Fantastic Four, Sub-Mariner, The Owl, Purple Man—Matt Murdock's life would make a great legal drama, even if he didn’t put on pajamas and fight crime. It would be great to see Nelson and Murdock help Erik Selvig beat a public nudity charge.
Black Widow Romantic Acknowledgement
In the comics, these two were a serious couple. For a few issues Daredevil’s book was renamed “Daredevil and Black Widow.” They moved to San Francisco together. They even teamed up with Moondragon and Captain Marvel against one of Thanos’s minions (kind of—long story). It would be nice if Foggy was watching some news report with Scarlett Johansson’s Widow on the news, and mentioned how attractive she is. “Eh, I don’t like redheads,” Matt replies. Rimshot, fanboys appeased, drop the mike.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Adding a New Figure to “The Index”
Agents of SHIELD is having a pretty good season, both as an independent story and ongoing supporter of the MCU. They’ve recently revealed the existence of “The Index,” a list of powered-people SHIELD keeps tabs on, or keeps behind bars. When a masked vigilante makes headlines parkouring up the walls of Hell’s Kitchen, they would send an agent to check it out. (Don’t think so? Drea de Matteo was on the Index, and all she had was special metal fingernails. Laaaaame.)
Not that I’d want to see SHIELD interfere…just take notice. (I should also mention one really sweet AoS Tie-in the Daredevil twitter account spoiled…Matt’s father, Battlin’ Jack Murdock boxes against Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man.)
The MCU Spidey isn’t even cast yet, so we won’t see him team up with DD yet (though—trust me—it’s only a matter of time). However, Vincent D'onofrio is playing the Kingpin, a longtime Spider-Man villain. Maybe Daily Bugle reporter and longtime Daredevil friend Ben Urich could appear?
Further “Avengers” Tie-Ins
Did Tony Stark build his “Avengers robots” to help repair an alien-ravaged city? Is there Chitauri weaponry still on the streets, like in the brilliant One-Shot short, “Item 47”?
Tie-ins or not, I'm so excited to see what Feige & Co. have to show us Friday. Excelsior!
So what do you think?