For all the impressive acrobatics at work throughout the second season of Netflix & Marvel’s Daredevil – and there are many, from a one-shot scene that serves as a satisfactory sequel to the first season’s hallway fight, to engaging character perspectives and arcs – one of the most impressive is the deft adaptation of traditional comic narrative structures to the small screen. Mild spoilers for the second season of Daredevil begin after the jump.
In the Marvel comic universe, having a single team of superheroes running around isn’t going to cut it. With new individuals gaining superpowers on a regular basis, there’s always a surplus of heroes looking for something to rally against, and a surplus of villains looking to provide it. As a result, there have been dozens of teams operating under variations of the Avengers title (whether in-universe or out-): the West Coast Avengers; the Secret Avengers; the Mighty Avengers. Some of these teams, like the infamous Great Lakes Avengers, start off unsanctioned but later have their status upgraded – in case of the GLA, legitimacy is granted when Hawkeye leads them to rescue a brainwashed Cap, She-Hulk, and Scarlet Witch. Other teams, like the Dark Avengers, are actually groups of super villains hiding behind the guise of heroes in order to deceive the public. Then there are teams that have arisen as a consequence of previous Marvel events, such as the New Avengers, which was formed by heroes unwilling to register during the original Civil War event. Today, we’re joining up with a team that Steve Rogers himself formed in the wake of 2012’s Avengers vs. X-Men event. Spoilers for The Uncanny X-Men #7 begin after the jump.