(Warning: While care has been taken to avoid any major 'Daredevil' Season 2 plot SPOILERS below, there is still some potentially mildly SPOILER-y stuff to be found down there. If you really don't want to know anything whatsoever about Season 2, then proceed with caution and all that...)
So. Daredevil Season 2.
If you've already waded through the show's 13 hours of sophomore awesomeness, then you're likely already very much aware that there are a whole lot of Marvel Easter Eggs hidden in the series — in which case the following might just shine a light on a couple you missed. If you haven't yet seen it, though, then what comes below will hopefully give you an edge in spotting some of the cunning cameos and sly references hiding in plain sight.
Here, then, are 10 of...
'Daredevil' Season 2's Finest (SPOILER-FREE) Easter Eggs And References
10. There's More Than One Way To Kill A Dozer
During the course of Episode 2, you might notice a throwaway reference to Killdozer — as a guess for a certain someone's name, no less. Now, that might be a reference to Marvin Heemeyer, whose real-life bulldozer-utilizing rampage back in 2004 made headlines around the world (and acquired the nickname 'Killdozer') — but it seems more likely to be a subtle nod to one of two Marvel comic books.
Few fans may recall The Iron Trinity's Killdozer, from way back in 1990's Marvel Super-Heroes (Vol. 2) #2, largely because no one has really thought about the villain since then, but the history of Marvel comics also holds another Killdozer. Specifically, a rampaging alien-energy-possessed bulldozer from 1974's Marvel Comics Worlds Unknown #6, which was itself based on the same 1944 novella (and 1974 TV movie) that partly gave Heemeyer's vehicle its media nickname.
9. Episode 3 Comes Complete With A Shot-For-Shot Adaptation Of A Classic Comic Book Scene
Now, to say exactly what it's a shot-for-shot adaptation of would be a pretty major spoiler, but if you're a long-time fan of The Punisher, it's safe to say that you might recognize a whole lot of the episode, both visually and in terms of plot.
Which isn't to say, of course, that things turn out quite how they do in the comic book.
8. 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Gets More Than One Nod
Not only do we get to meet the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D-introduced Dogs of Hell once more — this time without Lorelai's influence — but there's also a sneaky reference to the creators of Deathlok.
Keep your eyes peeled at around the 24:40 mark in Episode 5, and you might just spot a newspaper headline referencing the settling of a case by a certain company.
7. An Old-School Costume Makes An Appearance
Let's just put it this way, when a certain supporting character starts to unbutton their shirt in Episode 4 (at around the 19:00 mark), you might want to take a close look at just what they're hiding underneath it.
Russell Crowe would be proud...
6. Jessica Jones Is Definitely Still Around
Not only are there multiple references to Ms. Jones herself, but there's also a mention of Det. Clemons as early as Episode 2, and a very special appearance by a certain someone as late as Episode 13.
One, in fact, that might just tease a crossover between the two shows come Jessica Jones Season 2.
5. The Punisher Sees Some Cameos From His Comic Book Past
Fans of a certain canine cameo might, for instance, want to take a look at Punisher War Zone #37 for a comic book counterpart, and if you spot a gentleman named Finn Cooley, then don't forget that he has a long and storied history in Garth Ennis's run on Punisher MAX.
Plus, keep an eye out for a teasing reference to a classic Punisher associate in the show's closing moments (around about 53:15 in the season's final episode).
4. A Certain Cell Block Makes An Appearance
Now, saying exactly how it does so, or indeed who ends up in it, would be quite the spoiler, but suffice it to say that 'Cell Block D' — into which Daredevil found himself thrust in the classic Ed Brubaker story arc The Devil In Cell Block D — makes a pretty notable appearance, and might yet do so again in a future season.
3. Star Wars Sneaks Into The Background
Keep your eyes peeled at around the 32:30 mark in Episode 4, and you might just spot a lightsaber battle taking place behind one of the show's main leads.
Sort of, at any rate.
2. Expect At Least One Character To Show Up In Luke Cage, Too
Specifically, the Danny Johnson-played Benjamin Donovan, who appears as a lawyer from Episode 9 on — and who first appeared (in very different form) back in Luke Cage, Hero For Hire.
A potential secondary antagonist for Luke Cage Season 1, perhaps?
1. Daredevil Briefly Becomes Batman
Or, at least, there's certainly a moment there around Episode 13's 16:00 mark where the whole show essentially becomes a subtle nod to the Dark Knight, and his relationship with Commissioner Gordon.
Which is a trope that turns up all over the comic book world, of course — but seeing as it's forever linked the the Caped Crusader, I'm chalking this one up as an intentional in-joke. Especially since there's also a scene in Episode 4 (right around the 50 minute) during which Daredevil pulls off a series of (string-pulling) moves that're about as Batman as it gets.
Now, of course, there are veritable truck-loads of completely SPOILER-ific secrets still hiding in the show, but that's a story for another day. In the meantime...