(Note: SPOILERS for Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil lie below - so if you haven't finished the series yet, read on at your own risk...)
Now, in many ways, one of the greatest things about Daredevil - Marvel and Netflix's recent (suspiciously terrific) television team-up - is the fact that it works so well in isolation. It's entirely possible to imagine any given television viewer enjoying it to its fullest, even if they'd never laid eyes on a single second of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before in their life - much as non-Marvel fans could readily enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, fantastic as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, or Iron Man 3 are, they're all improved by having followed the MCU throughout its evolution.
That being said, though, there's still a whole lot in Daredevil that relates directly to the MCU - and even some elements that might just tell us a whole lot about what's heading our way.
Rosario Dawson is Set to Connect the Netflix Series'
Or, rather, her character - Claire Temple, aka The Night Nurse - looks very much set to.
After all, there's every reason to believe that the other heroes set to receive their own Netflix series - Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist - are going to be on the receiving end of their fair share of super-heroic injuries, and in need of a little assistance.
Assistance which, it just so happens, a certain Ms Temple is perfectly positioned to provide - all the while lending the star power of Rosario Dawson to whatever series - or even film - she appears in.
An Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Connection Could Come Up
That's right - as it turns out, Skye from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Matt Murdock have something pretty huge in common: they went to the same orphanage.
Yup, St Agnes', which Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already revealed to have once housed Skye...
...is also very much the home of young Matt Murdock, for at least part of his childhood.
The two big questions, now? Will the two have overlapped at all when they were younger - you'd have to imagine perennial do-gooder Matt would have visited to help out - and will they run into each other on screen anytime soon?
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could always use a good cameo, after all...
Even better news, perhaps, comes with the fact that:
The Runaways Finally Have an 'In' to the MCU
Or, at least, a character who originated in the pages of Runaways - and provided one of the few connections between the gang of junior heroes (with evil parents) and the more-mainstream MCU - made a pretty substantial appearance in Daredevil.
The character in question? Father Lansom...
...aka Daredevil's priest.
Now, there's no real reason to believe that our chances of seeing the Runaways on the big screen are actually now all that much improved, but at least Marvel's still aware of their existence - and setting up a few possible connections along the way.
Speaking of things that are imminent:
There're a Whole Lot of Ninjas on Their Way
Specifically, two competing bands of semi-mystical ninjas - The Hand...
...and The Chaste...
...the dastardly and benevolent flip-sides of the same, ninja-tastic coin.
The reason their appearance now matters? Since Marvel tend to play a long game with things like this, there's every chance that the two eternally-duelling groups won't make another substantial appearance until The Defenders, the upcoming Netflix superhero team-up series. Unless, that is, they tease their way into other upcoming series - and perhaps even movies - somehow. Which would suggest the MCU could be about to take a turn towards the East...
One final, tragic impact on the MCU, though?
We've Already Said Goodbye to a Spider-Man Legend
That's right - one of the biggest impacts upon the MCU looks set to be not an arrival, but a departure. Ben Urich - arguably the most notable non-secret-identity-wielding reporter in Marvel's history - has left the MCU before he even really got a chance to enter it, having been brutally murdered by the Kingpin before he was able to finish the story that would've taken the crime boss down.
It's a change that'll likely be felt in the soon to arrive Jessica Jones, as Urich had crossed paths with her in one of her more intriguing plot arcs - but most especially in Spider-Man's upcoming cinematic reboot. Urich had, after all, traditionally split his comic-book time between Daredevil and The Amazing Spider-Man, and his absence from the on-screen Daily Bugle will be sorely felt by comic-book fans, especially since Vondie Curtis-Hall brought him to life so brilliantly.