A lot of people feel like the Netflix shows are their own unrelated corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While definitely a unique part of the MCU, to say that it is unrelated is not entirely true. Let’s look at some of its connections with another popular Marvel television show.
Honorable Mention: Roxxon Oil Corporation/WHiH World News
In Daredevil: WHiH World News is the platform used by Wilson Fisk to make his first public appearance and later interview in regards to Elena Cardenas’ death. When interning with Landman & Zack, Foggy and Matt help Parish Landman win a case for the Roxxon Oil Corporation (who, in season two, is revealed to be partially run or funded by The Hand).
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Remember that episode in the first season with Tobias Ford, the ghost guy trapped between dimensions? He worked for StatiCorp, a subsidiary of Roxxon – one of his otherworldly attacks even took place at a Roxxon gas station. WHiH News also reports on the Inhuman threat, interviewing President Ellis and issuing an APB for Lincoln.
Why it’s significant: Truthfully, it’s not – that’s why these two were combined as an “honorable mention”. They are just part of the larger Marvel universe – WHiH is also seen in Ant-Man promotional material, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, and Jessica Jones; Roxxon Oil is in all three Iron Man movies, the short A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Thor’s Hammer, and Agent Carter.
5. St. Agnes
In Daredevil: Foggy is pointing out different people in Josie’s to Karen and recounting their stories to show her how harmless they are. He mentions that one particular regular is a client of theirs, and they are working on getting his kids into St. Agnes Daycare.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Daisy Johnson was dropped off at St. Agnes Orphanage by a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and was legally named “Mary Sue Poots”. The circumstances regarding her stay are largely classified.
Why it’s significant: I had to include this one. A common internet story floating around is that the orphanage Matt stayed at is St. Agnes, implying he may have known “Mary Sue”. In fact, this is never stated in Daredevil, and his orphanage is never named – Foggy mentions a daycare that may or may not be related to the orphanage in a scene unrelated to Matt. The hearsay story of Daredevil and Quake sharing an orphanage has become Marvel’s version of “play it again, Sam”. However, some orphanages are known to have child care programs, and St. Agnes Orphanage and St. Agnes Daycare may, in fact, be one and the same.
In Daredevil: According to framed photos, Ben Urich has written a presumably brilliant front page exposé on the Cybertek scandal.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Cybertek is, of course, the business partnered with HYDRA to create mass-marketed superhumans – known for being behind Project Centipede and Project Deathlok before being taken down by Coulson’s team.
Why it’s significant: This is the first time the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have ever been mentioned in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’ll take it!
3. The Dogs of Hell
In Daredevil: The biker gang The Dogs of Hell are one of the groups targeted by the Punisher, as they were involved in the shootout that resulted in the death of his family.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Rooster, a member of the Dogs of Hell, is one of the first people to fall under Lorelei’s thrall back in season one.
Why it’s significant: If the Dogs are in both Hell’s Kitchen and Nevada, they must be all over the place – that opens up a whole new chapter of baddies for our heroes to fight!
2. The Absorbing Man
In Daredevil: The last boxing match “Battlin’” Jack Murdock ever had was against young up-and-comer, Carl “Crusher” Creel. Choosing not to throw this fight sealed his fate.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A genetically enhanced and older Carl Creel appears in the second and third season, as both a villain and an ally.
Why it’s significant: We know Matt tried to track down “The Fixer”, the guy who ordered his father’s death – but did he ever try to have some words with Creel? Crusher is also significant to the Marvel universe as a whole, as his blood appears to contain a potential “cure” for Inhumanity.
In Daredevil: In the finale of season two, the Punisher is about to burn down his abandoned home, when he smashes a photograph of his former platoon and retrieves a disc labelled “MICRO” from behind.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: When tracking down a murderer who carved the Kree map into human beings, Daisy gets help from one of her Rising Tide hacker contacts, Micro, who she describes as a “crime-scene junkie”.
Why it’s significant: In the comics, David “Microchip” Lieberman (also known as Micro) is a hacker and ally of the Punisher. Perhaps if Frank gets a spin-off show or shows up in the rumored Daredevil season three, we will get some more information on what exactly is on that disc.