One of our most popular posts was listing the references to Marvel Comics history and the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe for season one of Daredevil. You can read that here. We also did one for Jessica Jones. Well, I’m a huge fan of Daredevil and my brain is full of, let’s face it, mostly useless facts about his history. Below are the references I could identify in season 2, again listed episode by episode so that you can scroll down only as far as you’ve viewed. I blasted through all 13 episodes in 3 days and honestly felt no fatigue. I LOVED it. Okay, let’s go.
Episode 1: Bang
- The Irish Gangster talking, Nesbitt, is from The Punisher Vol 6 #8 (2004) by Garth Ennis.
- The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 in 1974 and spent the next 12 years mostly as a Spider-Man antagonist until writer Frank Miller pitted him against Daredevil beginning in Daredevil #181 (1982). Read more about Punisher going up against other heroes here.
- The scenes at Josie’s Bar are filmed at the Turkey’s Nest Tavern in Brooklyn, if you ever want to visit.
- Grotto was a character in the comics but did not have the same backstory. He was a low-level thug that Daredevil beat on for info, and a sometimes-partner of fellow low-level criminal Turk. He first appeared in Daredevil #168 by Frank Miller.
- Foggy and Grotto use the phrase “war zone” in this episode and it shows up in other episodes, too. It’s a reference to Punisher’s third ongoing title, Punisher: War Zone, which began in 1992. It was also the title of the third film made about the Punisher, in 2008.
- The biker gang, The Dogs of Hell, showed up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episode 15. They were hypnotized by Lorelei from Asgard in that episode.
- Daredevil and Punisher fight on the rooftop in this episode. They first did that in Daredevil #183, again by Frank Miller.
Episode 2: Dogs to a Gunfight
- Officer Mahoney says: “I ever tell you what Clemons used to say? Gotta treat witnesses like mushrooms – feed ’em shit and keep ’em in the dark.” Detective Clemons was a character from some Punisher comics who showed up throughout season one of Jessica Jones. See our Jessica Jones list for more on him.
- Daredevil sort of loses his powers in this episode due to a concussion or lack of focus. Superheroes have a long history of losing or giving up their powers as a story threshhold to cross. Daredevil lost his powers in Daredevil #177 and #183.
- District Attorney Samantha Reyes last appeared in the season finale of Jessica Jones.
- “Killdozer” is mentioned as a potential name for Frank Castle. Marvel had a minor character by that name (Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2, #2, 1990) and also did a graphic novel adapting a sci-fi novel by the same title.
- Melvin Potter, the guy who makes Daredevil’s costume, picks up a sawblade in this episode. In the comics, Potter began as Daredevil opponent The Gladiator and wore saw blades on his forearms, before Daredevil helped him reform. He first appeared in Daredevil #18 (1966) by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.
- Punisher has a pitbull. Well, it’s probably the family dog. But in the comics, he had a dog named Max. Max first appeared in Punisher Vol 2 #54 (1991).
Episode 3: New York’s Finest
- In Matt’s dreamlike sequence, a nun is taking care of him at St. Agnes. This is probably Matt’s mother, who left him and his father as a kid. Matt doesn’t know that yet, but Father Lantom might. If we get a season 3, don’t be surprised to see the show adapt Daredevil’s premier story arc, Born Again, which introduces her. It is, of course, by Frank Miller.
- Daredevil was chained up to a rooftop chimney with a handgun duct taped to his hand in Punisher Vol 4 #3 (2000) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. That issue went a bit differently. Punisher gave Daredevil the same choice, to either shoot the Punisher or let Punisher kill a criminal. Daredevil does try to shoot him but Punisher had removed the firing pin. He was basically just being a dick to Daredevil.
- Claire Temple mentions she pissed someone off at her job at Metro General by helping a strong guy. It’s referring to her actions from Jessica Jones when she helped Luke Cage.
- Assistant District Attorney Blake Tower has a long comics history, first appearing in Daredevil #124 by Marv Wolfman and Bob Brown. He’s been involved in cases with superheroes Spider-Man, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Captain America, She-Hulk, Winter Soldier and more.
- The old Marine that Frank talks to on the rooftop says he served in Vietnam in 3rd Division. In the comics, that’s where Frank Castle served.
Episode 4: Penny and Dime
- Criminal Finn Cooley was another character created by Garth Ennis in Punisher. He first appeared in Punisher Vol 6 #7 (2004) and was a former IRA terrorist.
- Actor Tony Curran, who plays Finn, has been in other Marvel movies before. He played a priest in Blade II, a Man in Black in X-Men: First Class and Bor, the father of Odin, in Thor: The Dark World.
- Melvin Potter shows Daredevil the armor he’s wearing and it’s his suit as Gladiator in the comics.
- Real-life NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan has also appeared in The Avengers, Iron Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which was not a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie), and season one of Daredevil.
Episode 5: Kinbaku
- Elektra first appeared in Daredevil #168 by Frank Miller.
- Big company Roxxon is tied to some sort of evil plan. They’re bad guys in Marvel comics, first appearing in Captain America #180 (1974). In the movie universe they’ve been mentioned in season one of Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Iron Man 2 and 3. But they’re most prominent in both seasons of Agent Carter. Asano Robotics is a subdivision of Roxxon and we saw that company name listed on the crate that held the child called Black Sky back in season one.
- Matt and Elektra’s joyride in the sportscar is straight out of their college origin story from Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (1993) by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.
- At the NY Bulletin offices, we see the headlines to Avengers and Incredible Hulk that we saw in season one of Daredevil but there’s also a paper that says “Cybertek Settles.” Cybertek is the Hydra-backed company that built Deathlok in season one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and who S.H.I.E.L.D. takes down).
- Fogwell’s gym and Roscoe Sweeney were both from the comics and both in season one. We covered that in our season one article.
- Foggy’s old girlfriend, Marci, mentions DA Reyes is looking to take down Jessica Jones.
Episode 6: Regrets Only
- Sgt. Mahoney is promoted to Detective. That’s the rank he is when we first meet him in the comics in Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 2 #1 (2007) by Marc Guggenheim and Dave Wilkins.
- Elektra introduces Mr. Hiroshi. In the comics, Lord Hiroshi was a leader of The Hand. He appeared in Daredevil #111 (2008) by Ed Brubaker and Marko Djurdjevic.
Episode 7: Semper Fidelis
- There’s hardly anything in this one. They refer to Elektra’s father being a diplomat. That’s from the comics.
Episode 8: Guilty as Sin
- The Hand is explicitly introduced. They first appeared in Daredevil #174 (1981) by Frank Miller.
- Also mentioned is The Chaste, the group led by Stick who opposes The Hand. They first appeared in Daredevil #187 (1982). You can guess who that’s by at this point.
- Clancy Brown appears as Frank Castle’s former Commanding Officer, Colonel Schoonover. That’s from Punisher War Journal #4 (1989). If you’ve read that issue, you know he’ll be in more episodes.
- Punisher’s origin has been updated from being in Vietnam to serving in Afghanistan but his story of being overwhelmed by enemy troops is very close to part of his origin told in the Punisher: Born (2003) miniseries by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson.
- Punisher goes to jail. There have been several times in the comics he’s been arrested. It first happened at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) when he allowed himself to be arrested so that he could get at criminals that were in Ryker’s Jail (Marvel’s version of Riker’s Island).
Episode 9: Seven Minutes in Heaven
- Kingpin is back. He first went to prison in Daredevil Vol 2 #50 (2003) by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Just as in the show, he used his influence to become Kingpin of the prison, playing a long game to get out.
- Fisk’s lawyer, Benjamin Donovan, first appeared in Luke Cage: Hero For Hire #14 (1973) by Steve Engleheart and Billy Graham. As in the comics, he is a lawyer. Although he’s also portrayed as much stronger in the comics (not superhuman but able to go toe to toe with Luke Cage). It won’t be a surprise is he shows up on Luke Cage’s Netflix show.
- Nobu coming back to life is a similar backstory/power to Kirigi, a powerful Hand assassin. He first appeared in Daredevil #174 (1981) by Frank Miller. He used several weapons including the rope knife that Nobu likes so much. Not exactly the same character, since Kirigi wasn’t a leader and also had superhuman strength, but the resurrection, look and weapons are similar.
Episode 10: The Man in the Box
- Wilson Fisk loses his temper on Matt Murdock. He still doesn’t know that Matt and Daredevil are one and the same but he learns that in Born Again and decides to dismantle every aspect of Matt’s life. He’s close to that point now.
- Possible error. Matt signs a document with his right hand but in the comics he is a lefty.
- Elektra picks up a sai. That’s her signature weapon in the comics.
Episode 11: .380
- No real references to other shows or comics that I could find. The closest was Frank Castle taking out criminals at the waterfront. It was very similar to an early scene in 1989’s The Punisher but that could be a coincidence.
Episode 12: The Dark at the End of the Tunnel
- We learn that The Hand worships certain rare individuals that they call Black Sky. Elektra is said to be one of these. In the comics, The Hand does kill and resurrect Elektra to lead them.
Episode 13: A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen
- Jeri Hogarth (Carrie Ann Moss) offers Foggy a new job. She’s a main character throughout Jessica Jones season one and an adaptation of Jeryn Hogarth, Iron Fist’s laywer in the comics.
- Melvin Potter gives Daredevil a new billy club that’s straight out of the comics. It goes from walking cane to grappling hook to nunchucks and more. It’s his signature weapon in the comics, appearing in Daredevil #1 (1964) by Stan Lee and Bill Everett although comics history says it was designed by Jack Kirby.
- The Punisher finally shows up in costume. The giant skull on his chest was based on a suggestion from writer Gerry Conway and fleshed out by Marvel’s art director John Romita, Sr. The character was first drawn for publication by Ross Andru, the artist of The Amazing Spider-Man at the time.
- Frank pulls out a disc that says MICRO on it. That’s a reference to his longtime sidekick, hacker Linus Liebman who goes by Microchip or Micro. He was first referenced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2, episode 7 by Skye, a fellow hacker.
- Elektra’s corpse is wrapped up by The Hand in a deep red wrap. It looks very similar to her comic book outfit.