Steve is doing press for Netflix and Marvel’s new series Daredevil today, and during his conversation with showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, they spoke about Daredevil Easter eggs that might be lurking about. DeKnight says fans can expect “a ton” ranging from the obvious like a reference to The Battle of New York from The Avengers down to stuff that even he—a lifelong comic fan—couldn’t recognize when they were suggested by Marvel’s in-house expert:
STEVEN S. DeKNIGHT: There are a ton of Easter eggs in this series. Some will be very obvious—a reference to the Battle of New York—and there are Easter eggs that are so obscure that I didn’t know what they were. Often times we need a sign in the background, and we always try to use those opportunities to dig into the Marvel universe, so Megan Thomas Brander, one of our Marvel people, we would send that over to her and say, “Hey, we need a sign out here. What do we got that would be good?” And she’d send back a list of like ten and I’d look at those, and I’ve read comics all my life, and I look at those and go, “I don’t recognize any of these!” So there are some Easter eggs that are really for the hardcore fans and there are some that other people will recognize.
I just hope that the Easter eggs exist more organically in the Daredevil TV series than they did in the 2003 movie where characters were named “Jose Quesada” and “Jack Kirby”.
While Daredevil will have plenty of references to the Marvel universe and the comics, it won’t have any ties to Marvel’s future Netflix series, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. DeKnight explains why:
DeKNIGHT: Referring to the other series, there really aren’t for the other series because we were in this odd kind of bubble since we were the first one and running and gunning to get it shot and didn’t have any scripts for the other ones, no one had been cast for the other ones, so we had to exist in this bit of a bubble.
Although Daredevil won’t have any forward ties, it’s possible (and I would wager likely) that future Netflix series will tie back to previous ones:
DeKNIGHT: I think there’s absolutely a chance. I have no idea because I was so focused on Daredevil. I’d often see [Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg] in the hallway, and we’d nod and say, “Hey, we should get together some time soon. I got to go to a meeting,” so we never really had a chance to sit down. But hopefully in that series there will be a connection.
Daredevil will premiere all 13 episodes on April 10th. Click here for what DeKnight had to say about Daredevil: Season 2.