The MCU shared universe is all about the easter eggs and call backs to a rich history, not only for comics fans who read the source material, but also for the movie and TV show fans who obsessively watch every installment. While the movies can have maybe a dozen easter eggs in one sitting, shows like Marvel's The Defenders can have that many in a single 50 minute episode. Let's look at all the Marvel easter eggs in The Defenders Episode 2 there are to find.
One of my favorites, that hasn't gotten old in five different series, is the constant referencing of the Battle of New York in the 2012 Avengers movie as "The Incident." From those in Hell's Kitchen saying it in low voices in Daredevil Season 1 to that kid in Luke Cage constantly hawking videos of found footage of the same, it's just such a true to life way of referencing when aliens, you know, came out of the sky, and a bunch of freaks in costumes showed up to defeat them. Hearing Trish reference it in terms of the earthquake was just another fantastic moment.
So where have you seen that image before? Or why *does* that line seem so familiar? Let's run down all the callbacks and Easter eggs tucked away in The Defenders' second episode of this inaugural season.
The sword that Colleen Wing recognizes is named after a Japanese director famous for movies like Tetsuo: The Iron Man. No, not Tony Stark, but after naming all 13 Iron Fist episodes after kung fu movies, this is probably deliberate.
Alexandra, FoB (Friend Of Beethoven)
How old IS Alexandra? She knew Beethoven, so that's at least 300 and counting! Gao is at least 400 years old, and treats Alexandra like she's at least three steps above her, so she must be much older than that. Maybe we should ask if Alexandra knew Shakespeare too, or the founders of Hogwarts.
Foggy and Matt's friendship may still be omnishambles, with Foggy treating Matt like his heroin addicted friend form a different life, but they still hang at Josie's.
Turk Barrett, Jobber
Everyone beats up Turk. It's a tradition, like having Claire patch you up. Good to see The Defenders keeping it up. But what does he mean Mariah and Shades "ghosted"? Is that just a convenient way to keep them out of this series, or is that foreshadowing Luke Cage Season 2?
Detective Misty, Now Entering The Crossover Game
In episode 1, we found out Misty from Luke Cage got promoted out of Harlem. This installment shows that's going to be a major deal, since she can now casually cross over into any story set in the city. I look forward to her butting heads with Jessica Jones in Season 2 and Matt Murdock in Daredevil Season 3.
Yoshioka, Nobu Yoshioka
Jessica comes across the medium sized boss from Daredevil. His company is somehow part of the bomber plot her client's husband is mixed up in. Considering Stick killed Nobu, that's interesting. Is it his company now run by the Hand, or is he one of those people who doesn't stay dead?
Iron Fist, Meet Luke Cage
Did anyone else laugh hysterically, watching Danny fail to beat up Cage? That was so great. It's also a reminder that of all four of them, Dany's superpower is the weirdest and the weakest. He's just got a glowing fist. Dassit.
But then again, that fist does pack quite a punch.
Jessica Jones, This Is Your Lawyer
This is a call back to how Matt and Foggy first got Karen Page as a client. They walked in and ran over the situation. Someone should tell Matt that Jessica's not Karen though, and won't allow herself to be lawyered up so easily.