How Close Is Daredevil To The MCU?
Captain America: Civil War is due out in about six months. If you’ve been paying attention to the publicity, you’ve likely noticed that it’s going to feature an even bigger collection of superheroes than we’ve yet seen in the Avengers movies. In addition to pretty much the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we’ll see debuts of the likes of Black Panther and Spider-Man, as well as an appearance by Ant-Man—and that’s without mentioning new supporting characters such as Spider-Man’s Aunt May. It’s going to be a ridiculously huge cast brimming with famous Marvel characters.
But looking at the film’s details, one thing is clear: Daredevil, one of Marvel’s newest (and, incidentally, best reviewed) characters, is not listed in the Civil War cast. This isn’t a particularly big surprise given that Daredevil currently exists on Netflix rather than in the cinema. However, it’s puzzling for those expecting the biggest collaboration possible, or for anyone who thinks Marvel would be eager to shove Daredevil into the movies. It’s also puzzling given that there has been some light evidence of Daredevil’s specific connection to cinematic Marvel content in recent years.
The first bit of evidence is in Marvel’s gaming content, which has grown nearly as extensive as its film empire. It’s no surprise that Daredevil has appeared in games like Marvel Heroes 2015, or Marvel’s Contest Of Champions, or even the LEGO Marvel Superheroes games. Each of these games is meant to incorporate huge numbers of Marvel characters, and each goes well beyond the casts of the modern films. Something slightly more unusual can be seen in Marvel’s extensive online casino gaming content. This site’s selection reveals that there are a number of Marvel characters featured in such games, but almost all of them are part of the cinematic empire—with the exception of Daredevil and Elektra. It could be a coincidence or simply a result of those characters’ popularity, but it also links the characters specifically to the movie characters.
The other evidence is a bit clearer, and perhaps more meaningful as well. Simply put, it’s that the Daredevil show on Netflix is overflowing with MCU references and easter eggs, which confirm that Matt Murdock (Daredevil’s real name) indeed lives in the same universe. If anyone had any doubts heading into Daredevil, it’s now quite clear that the characters in the show would be fully aware of Avengers activity. Meanwhile, the blind night warrior is leaping around Hell’s Kitchen, New York solving crimes, and frankly it seems absurd the the Avengers in Civil War wouldn’t notice and bring him into the fold.
Despite these clues and hints, it seems exceedingly unlikely that Daredevil will make a surprise appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Although, his presence in a secret ending or a vague reference to his activity wouldn’t surprise us. The real question is how long it will be before Daredevil is brought into the MCU in an actual film?
If Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil in the Netflix series is to be believed, it may actually be a while. Quotes from Cox indicate that the Daredevil show is kind of its own thing at this stage, and that his character isn’t “one of that lot” (meaning the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.). This makes sense if you’ve seen the show. No matter how many easter eggs referring to the MCU there may be, there’s a certain isolation to the events in Daredevil, as if Hell’s Kitchen exists within its own world.
Then again, there’s another way that the show and the MCU can blend together, and it probably makes more sense at this stage. This argument pointed out that while Civil War is viewed as Marvel’s next big project, it will actually reach theaters around the same time that Daredevil’s second season is launched on Netflix. Given the studio’s incredible attention to detail, Marvel has undoubtedly decided to take advantage of this timing in one way or another, and we may well see Civil War’s events directly affecting the world of Daredevil, rather than vice versa.
We’ll find out exactly how all this will work out in the spring. For now, it appears doubtful that Daredevil will be seen at the cinema, despite a few hints and indications that the two worlds will ultimately merge. But it would also be a shock if Civil War and Daredevil’s second season didn’t mix together in one way or another.