The second season of Netflix's first Marvel adaptation, Daredevil, has finally debuted, and audiences are curling up with a bowl of popcorn at home to binge-watch the newest season in order to talk about it around the water cooler at work.
One of the biggest things they will be discussing is how connected the newest season is to Netflix's second branch of their Marvel universe, Jessica Jones. Aside from Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple appearing in both series, the shows have some pretty heavy ties to each other, and here are some of the more interesting connections.
***WARNING: SPOILERS FOR BOTH 'JESSICA JONES' AND 'DAREDEVIL' AHEAD***
1. Claire And Luke
I know I said aside from Claire, but let's face it, her still being involved is major. Not only did she show up in the season finale of Jones to help the superhuman Luke Cage after Jessica had to nock him out while he was Kilgraved. Now, she may have helped to bring him back, but it unfortunately didn't work out so great for her, as she had to call off for work when her hospital was already short of staff.
We see the end result of this in Episode 3 of Daredevil's second season, when Foggy visits Claire at her hospital when Matt goes missing after the Punisher captures him. Foggy and Claire, while discussing their "mutual friend," talk about how she got in trouble for helping out someone similar to the Devil, a "big guy who was stronger than our friend." It's the most blunt reference they could make to Luke without saying his name.
2. Jessica And Jeri
Much of the second season's theme was drawing the line between doing the right thing and being a vigilante, and some of this does loosely tie to Jones. In Episode 5 of Daredevil, Foggy's ex-girlfriend Marci Stahl helps him by giving him the information that District Attorney Samantha Reyes was gunning for the mayor's office, and that she would build her campaign on the Punisher case, which would in turn set an anti-vigilante tone for the city.
Marci then follows this key info up with the biggest "let me hear that one more time" name drop: Jessica Jones. More specifically, "One in our office is already under serious scrutiny, a lady by the name of Jessica Jones." Yes, this name drop explicitly connects the series, but it does so in more than just the name. The fact that Marci says "lady in my office" means she must work for the same law firm as Jeri Hogarth, Jessica's ally for getting help with the law and finding cases.
Actress Carrie-Ann Moss even makes an appearance as the vigilante-supporting lawyer in Episode 13 of Daredevil's second season. After Foggy and Matt have their falling out in the latter half of the season and decide to go on separate career paths, Foggy is offered a position to work at Marci's firm by none other than Jeri Hogarth herself. She even offers the possibility of adding his name to the firm's title, which would make him a senior partner right away.
3. Samantha Reyes
The district attorney we all rooted against in the second season of Daredevil actually first made her Marvel TV appearance in the first season of Jessica Jones. In "AKA Smile" (Season 1, Episode 13) of Jones, Reyes appeared near the end of the season finale after our titular hero finally put an end to the mind-controlling Kilgrave. Even in her first appearance, we see just how anti-vigilante the district attorney truly was, as she was so unwilling to believe in Kilgrave's powers and was gunning to prosecute Jessica for murdering Kilgrave. Thankfully for us and Jessica, Jeri was there to actually save the day for once.
Unfortunately for Reyes, however, her involvement in the cover-up of Frank Castle/The Punisher's death resulted in her murder. However, contrary to many of the characters' beliefs, her murder was actually orchestrated by a new drug kingpin going by the name of the Blacksmith. Either way, it looks like Reyes's days of crossing TV shows are over.