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Infinity War Played a Strange Role in the Life of Daredevil

This is "Can't Cross Over," a feature where I look at instances when comic book writers had to adjust their stories to deal with crossovers.

Today, we look at the surprising impact that Infinity War had on Daredevil!

When Infinity War #1 began (by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and Al Milgrom), the evil Magus sent an army of doppelgangers to replace their heroic counterparts.

Reed Richards was one of the heroes who was replaced by his evil doppelganger...

In the second issue, "Reed" calls all of the superheroes together, but Wolverine shows up and says it is not Reed Richards. Daredevil realizes it, too, and realizes that the evil Reed is hiding a BOMB!

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Later in the series, the superheroes split into two teams. One that stayed behind and one that served as a sort of assault force to protect Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch from Magus while the Infinity Watch tried to stop Magus (while also keeping an eye on Warlock and his crew because the heroes didn't trust them, especially considering that they had allied themselves with Thanos by this point).

The superheroes who were left behind were then attacked by an army of doppelgangers of each one of them...

We get to see Daredevil take out his own doppelganger while also knocking out a bunch of Madrox doppelgangers...

Later in the series, Daredevil's doppelganger was specifically used as an example of when you knock out one of the doppelgangers, they're simply replaced by another one...

The upside of this is that when the series ended, there were a few "extra" doppelgangers out there. One of these doppelgangers who hung around after the series otherwise ended was one of Daredevil's doppelganger.

He showed up in Daredevil #310 (by Glenn Alan Herdling, Scott McDaniel and Bud LaRosa)...

In a clever twist, Calypso attacks Hellspawn thinking that it is the real Daredevil...

After an epic battle, she ultimately kills Hellspawn...

Nine issues later, though, regular Daredevil writer D.G. Chichester (and new inker, Hector Collazzo, on Scott McDaniel's pencils) launches the epic storyline, "Fall From Grace," and he has a voodoo priest bring Hellspawn back to life...

Hellspawn is a recurring villain throughout the storyline...

In fact, Daredevil partially gets a new armored costume specifically to help him match up with the much stronger Hellspawn...

Finally, in Daredevil #325, Hellspawn is exposed to a mysterious virus that the heroes and villains have been trying to get to throughout the series. It can cure him of looking like a demon. Sadly, his cure occurs just as he is then killed...

When Daredevil comes across the now-human form of Hellspawn, that's a corpse who is Matt Murdock's doppelganger...

So he then uses Hellspawn's corpse to fake Matt Murdock's death...

Isn't it amazing to see Infinity War having such a major impact on Daredevil's life pretty much a YEAR after the crossover ended?

If any of you have any suggestions for other good examples of comic book writers having to alter their stories to adjust to major comic book crossovers, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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