Sam Raimi is about to direct Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, however followers of his Spider-Man trilogy know that he already secretly established a world inhabited by a number of Marvel superheroes in these motion pictures. There’s that now-famous namecheck of Physician Unusual himself in Spider-Man 2, plus the Punisher has a cameo within the movie’s last sequence. Right here’s one other one we’ve all missed earlier than, although: 2002’s Spider-Man incorporates a key scene that confirms Daredevil exists within the Raimiverse, too.
Shortly after getting his powers, Peter Parker takes half in a wrestling contest in a bid to win cash to purchase a brand new automotive. As he’s about to enter the ring to combat Bonesaw McGraw, a earlier competitor is lifted out in a stretcher saying: “Oh god, I can’t really feel my legs!” Should you take a better take a look at this unlucky fighter, he’s carrying a yellow and pink costume and a masks with horns on it. Remind you of anybody? The film’s novelization by Peter David confirms that that is Battlin’ Jack Murdock, the daddy of Matt Murdock.
As ScreenRant explains:
The scene occurs early on within the movie shortly after Peter receives his spider-powers and decides to money in on them by wrestling the vicious Bone Noticed McGraw for cash. As Peter waits his flip, he sees one in every of McGraw’s latest victims–a hapless masked wrestler in a yellow and pink costume wailing, “Oh god, I can’t really feel my legs!” as he’s carted off in a stretcher. On nearer inspection, the wrestler’s masks sports activities a pair of horns. However within the novelization of the movie, longtime Spider-Man author Peter David identifies the wrestler as Matt Murdock’s father Jack Murdock. Within the comics, Jack is a past-his-prime boxer who needed to settle for any job simply to supply for his household. One in every of these jobs had him costume up in a pink “satan” costume, making him the primary “Daredevil” within the Marvel Universe (and one of many inspirations behind Matt’s later costumed identification).
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Although that is Murdock Sr.’s solely function within the movie, the novelization brings him again for the following theft scene. On this model of occasions, he’s taken hostage through the crime, earlier than being rescued by Parker. Jack then calls his son and tells him concerning the “daredevil” that saved his life. The implication, then, is that Spider-Man not directly evokes Matt Murdock to later change into a superhero himself.
Whereas Jack is often a boxer, the idea of him needing to combat for money as a way to increase the funds to ship his son to regulation college is straight out of the comics. He’s even recognized to put on a proto-version of his son’s future vigilante outfit. Nonetheless, it’s a giant twist that Matt is far youthful than Peter on this universe. Usually, it’s the opposite method round, with Murdock already a longtime lawyer whereas Parker remains to be in highschool.
We got here near a Spidey/Daredevil crossover roughly 20 years in the past, then, and we by no means knew it. Fingers crossed it’ll truly occur within the MCU quickly, possibly even in Spider-Man 3.