Jeph Loeb on Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 'It's All Connected'
At the Daredevil panel at New York Comic Con this afternoon, head of Marvel television Jeph Loeb confirmed a connection between the Defenders series on Netflix and the other Marvel television universe: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and therefore indirectly to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When asked by a fan if Daredevil, and in turn, the Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Defenders series would be impacted by the events on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and particularly the rise of the nefarious HYDRA, Loeb hesitated, and then replied, "You know Marvel... It's all connected, man."
Loeb also exclusively revealed Rosario Dawson's role in the series, after months of fan speculation: she will be playing Claire Temple, a "nurse who works at night." He then showed fans an exclusive clip from the show in which Claire treats Murdock's nasty injuries sustained from saving the life of Karen Page, played by True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll. Claire clearly has some kind of unusual background, as Murdock draws attention to the fact that she didn't call the police after finding a bloody masked man in a dumpster.
In the comics, Temple is a love interest of Luke Cage, which may mean that there's a chance Dawson will appear in his series, as well as the Defenders miniseries.
Marvel and Netflix also released the first official images and new concept art for the series at NYCC:
A few other highlights from the panel:
Vincent D'Onofrio on his character, Wilson Fisk: "He's a child and a monster."
Woll on Karen Page: "She doesn't get into trouble, she is trouble."
And last but not least, a seriously ill little boy named Jonah on how Daredevil inspires him: "I like Daredevil because he has a defect but he perseveres. I'm like him because I have a really bad disease, but I try to persevere and keep going." The entire cast applauded him, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house.