The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built around the premise that, just like in the comics they’re based on, all of the characters we’re seeing onscreen are living in the same universe and that characters in one movie could pop up in a different movie at any time, like Phil Coulson across the first phase of movies or Nick Fury in pretty much anything. While there’s certainly been a bit of disconnect in that regard when it comes to the MCU’s television offerings, that area of the franchise adheres to that mantra in a similar way – most notably in the Netflix series we’ve gotten to date. Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple has shown up in the first two seasons of Daredevil and the first season of Jessica Jones, and Mike Colter’s Luke Cage appears in Jessica Jones as a launching pad to his own series which launches next month.
Thanks to Daredevil star Charlie Cox, we might have an idea of some additional overlap between his show and the upcoming Luke Cage, though it has less to do with the characters involved and more to do with the timeline. Per Comic Book Resources, who quote him from a panel at Wizard World Chicago last weekend:
One thing that I thought was really cool is that in the second season [of Daredevil], we had a scene together and in the storyline we hadn’t seen each other for a long time and it takes place at the hospital. … Claire Temple has a cut in her eyebrow. So I was like, ‘What is that?’ Apparently it had nothing to do with our world but it’s part of Luke Cage. The timeline had been thought through and worked out so that whatever’s going on in Luke Cage, which we don’t know, I don’t know, somehow at some point during that show, the next day she’s in the hospital talking to me.
We already know that Dawson will play a pretty sizable role in Luke Cage, at least it’s first season, thanks to previous reports and that stellar trailer for the first season. Now, though, we have some indication that at least some of the events of Luke Cage‘s first set of episodes will overlap with Daredevil’s second, though how much plot relevance that will have besides some small easter eggs for eagle-eyed fans remains to be seen; safe money is on a couple of references and, if we’re very lucky, not a single goddamn ninja in sight.
Also starring Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick and Frankie Faison, the first season of Luke Cage hits Netflix on September 30.