WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Episode 3 of Hawkeye.
Marvel Studios' Hawkeye is making major headlines after its third episode, and much of it doesn't even focus on the show's two leading archers. The final moments of Episode 3 set up a potentially dangerous confrontation between not only Clint Barton and Jack Dusquene, but another family clash between Kate Bishop and her mother Eleanor.
Of course, that wasn't all that came in the show's latest installment thanks to references toward major players both in the MCU and outside of it, for the time being. Hawkeye showed off his brand-new Pym Tech arrow during the chase scene with Echo and the Tracksuit Mafia, although Echo had possibly this episode's biggest moment thanks to a moment with a mysterious uncle that could have major ramifications later.
This mysterious uncle is believed to be Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, whose return from the Netflix Daredevil series has been one of the hottest Hawkeye rumors on the internet. As it turns out, some deep digging revealed that this wasn't the only nod to Marvel Television's first Netflix show at the halfway point of Hawkeye.
Daredevil Easter Egg in Hawkeye Episode 3
In Episode 3 of Marvel Studios' Hawkeye, Kate Bishop hacks into her mom's security company database in search of more information on the Tracksuit Mafia's Kazi and his connection to Jack Duquesne.
Right below Kazi's name is a file for "KEMP, M," which refers to a criminal named Michael Kemp from the Daredevil comics.
Actor Luke Robertson portrayed a version of Michael Kemp in Season 3 of Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix, who was an inmate on Ryker's Island with information on Albanian criminals.
Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock infiltrated the prison to get this information from Kemp in exchange for reduced time on his prison sentence.
More Daredevil References in Hawkeye?
Looking at a name like Michael Kemp, this is probably not much more than an Easter Egg that Marvel threw in for diehard fans to find, as the studio is known to regularly do. However, the character's ties to the Daredevil legacy seem to further tease what fans can expect to see in the currently-running Hawkeye series on Disney+.
Just the small tease of Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk appearing in the show was enough to cause mass mayhem amongst fans online, especially with the Kingpin of Crime's connection to Alaqua Cox's Echo in the comics. It appears that Marvel has this idea in mind for Jeremy Renner's solo series, particularly with so many rumors pointing to Daredevil's official inclusion within the MCU.
Of course, fans will be keeping an eye out for anything Daredevil-related in the coming weeks, whether it be in the form of Easter eggs or a full-blown D'Onofrio return.
The first three episodes of Hawkeye are now available to stream on Disney+.