Why Daredevil Doesn't Feature Fun MCU Easter Eggs In Season 3

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Having Daredevil and the other Marvel shows on Netflix exist in the MCU has continued to give fans hope that there would be crossovers at some point. While that hasn't happened, and likely won't, if you were thinking that Daredevil Season 3 would, at least, make some nods to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, we've got bad news for you. But, at least we know why the show will forego the Easter Eggs this season. Here's what star Charlie Cox had to say when CinemaBlend's own Corey Chichizola visited the set for roundtable interviews earlier this year:

We're now back in a world that feels grounded and real. Those things [like zombie ninjas] happened. But in the same way in the first season, it was all grounded and real, but we still lived in a world where Iron Man exists. We still lived in a world where Thor exists. And we'd make fun Easter Egg references to them. But the nature of this moment in this show, we're not dealing with that anymore. That's what we're doing with Season 3. We're back in a much more traditional crime-thriller-like environment.

This actually isn't such a bad idea. The Netflix shows in the MCU have always been the more grounded entries in that universe, and, while throwing in some Easter Eggs that pointed toward that larger world wouldn't ruin the experience for fans, it might serve to take away from the nitty-gritty, street level story the show is telling now. Especially considering what happened to Matt at the end of The Defenders.

The Defenders, of course, was the culmination of all the Marvel Netflix shows up to that point. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage came together to fight the mystical Hand, which had reincarnated Matt's friend and former lover Elecktra to use her as a weapon that would allow them to continue their powerful, basically immortal, lives.

The ending of The Defenders saw The Hand defeated, but the new superpowered team lost Matt to a cave-in when the high rise they were fighting beneath collapsed. But, the final scene of that superhero crossover showed how Matt would come back, with him somehow being rescued and taken to his (previously presumed dead) mother's convent to heal. So, it makes a lot of sense that the show would want to get back to more grounded stories.

Season 3 is going to see some big changes for both Matt and Daredevil. At some point during the season, Matt will make the decision to stop using his fancy red suit, and actually go back to fighting in regular old black clothes with either a dark scarf or torn cloth over the top part of his face, just like in the first season. According to the trailers, Matt will also be dealing with what seems like a pretty serious crisis of conscience, as he tries to figure out the best way to protect the people of New York now, given all that's happened.

Matt and his crime-fighting alter-ego will also be dealing with a very dangerous and crafty new villain in the form of Bullseye, along with Wilson Fisk entering full Kingpin mode and setting his sights on Matt. So, while he has a lot to deal with already, Season 3 is going to be heavy on potentially life-altering conflicts and revelations. And, this all means that keeping things centered on the characters that Daredevil has developed over two seasons will be of utmost importance.

Season 3 of Daredevil already sounds like it's going to be one ridiculously intense crime thriller, and I'm sure there are going to be enough surprises in store for fans that they won't even miss those Easter Eggs. You can check out the new season when it hits Netflix this Friday, on October 19.

Adrienne Jones
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.