A couple months back, the official account for Marvel's Daredevil revealed an imagesuggesting Carl "Crusher" Creel, aka Absorbing Man, would pop up in a flashback to fight Matt Murdock's father Battlin' Jack.
Of course, we've already seen Absorbing Man on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, which led some fans to speculate that the time gap between Jack's death and the events of SHIELD might not add up. Others postulated that Absorbing Man may have just been related to the one in Daredevil.
However, while speaking with IGN's Roth Cornet, Daredevil/SHIELD producer Jeph Loeb confirmed that Daredevil's Creel and SHIELD's Absorbing Man are one and the same.
"That is that story," Loeb told us. "I get to smile a little bit because I was the first one who put Crusher Creel in the fight with Jack Murdock in Daredevil: Yellow. It exists there, so it's in the comics.
In regards to the age difference, Loeb explained, "If you look at it, there's actually a very critical line, which is, 'Battlin' Jack is doing very well against a much youngerfighter.' So the idea is, we looked at it from the point of view of, Mike Tyson was the heavyweight champion when he was 18 years old. [Brian Patrick Wade], who plays him in the show, looks like he's in his mid-30s, so there was enough time for us to be able to say, 'There's no reason why that isn't the same person.'
"The fun part is you caught it; the good news is you don't have to. But if you're a Marvel fan or a SHIELD fan or a Daredevil fan, you go, 'Oh! It is all related in some way' -- or like I say, '#ItsAllConnected.'"