What do we consider part of the marvel-cinematic-universe? Who gets final word on what is or isn't MCU? From interviews, there is internal strife on what counts and what does not:
While speaking with IGN, the Age of Ultron director revealed that there were some none too pleased with the creation of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., particularly with what it meant for the Agent Coulson character (who was seemingly killed by Loki in The Avengers) and the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization itself:
“I think actually the movie people were a little bit cross about the TV show. They were sort of like ‘Well you can have this but not this. And this but not that.’ It’s complicated enough as it is without me adding another layer of complication. We also created a TV show called S.H.I.E.L.D. right before they made a movie where they destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D.. So everybody’s having a GREAT time!”
For one, there's this line:
“Yeah [Agent Coulson]’s dead. The entire television series is just a fever dream. It’s a Jacob’s Ladder moment he’s having at the point of death, but we don’t give that away until after season seven. And there’s a snow globe. Now I’ve given it away. Bollocks!" “It’s a weird little yes and no. As far as I’m concerned in the films, yes he’s dead" [-Josh Whedon]
So we have either the show (or shows) being non-canon, or alternative/beta canon (welcome marvel multiverse :/) . Or we have a system like the old Lucas-Arts Star Wars grades of canon.
Who do we reference when deciding what is MCU and what is stand-alone? Directors? Actors? The rare Studio press releases? What if they contradict?
Frankly, I had no idea daredevil-tv (and why isn't it just daredevil??) was part of the MCU. As far as I searched, there is no Word of God or God's paycheck source definitively stating that it is MCU or any ties to the events of the movies.