For anyone who’s following all the many continuity threads left dangling outside the events of Avengers: Infinity War, common sense probably would suggest that everything we’ve seen so far in Netflix’s Daredevil happens in the few short years between the Battle of New York and the fateful moment when Thanos snaps his finger.
Now Marvel fans have official confirmation that that’s the case — including Season 3 of Daredevil, which just hit Netflix for Matt Murdock’s third trip through the darkest corners of Hell’s Kitchen.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb recently explained to CNET — and in no uncertain terms — that while Murdock is out fighting bad guys in season 3 (while struggling not to become one), Thanos is out there scouring the galaxy for his coveted Infinity Stones.
“This is a story that would take place before the snap," Loeb said of where the story falls in the roughly six-year timeline between the original Avengers and Thanos’ murderous moment in Infinity War. “It just is easier for us to be able to maintain our continuity.”
Daredevil is rife with reminders that it operates within the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, perhaps nowhere more obviously than in the framed front page of the New York Bulletin, hanging on the wall in the late Ben Urich’s office, commemorating the day of the Chitauri invasion.
Showrunner Erik Oleson said Season 3 follows a series of pretty deep story paths that might even immerse Daredevil fans to the point of forgetting that the show is part of the larger MCU. But, he explained, the creative team made sure to jam the new season with plenty of visual references and MCU callouts that help orient the story in the large Marvel universe.
“I think what you're going to see is a very twisty-turny conspiracy thriller. And then all of a sudden there are lightning bolt moments of Marvel, and you're like, 'That's right, this a Marvel show!’" he said.
With the weekend ahead and a new season of Daredevil just waiting in your queue, there’s no time like the present to drop in on Matt, Foggy, Karen, and all the other Hell’s Kitchen residents still living safely on this side of Thanos’ finger snap. Season 3 of Daredevil is available now on Netflix.