This weekend marks the highly anticipated return of Marvel’s hit Netflix series – Daredevil. The first season, which premiered in April 2015, told the origin stories of both lawyer-turned-crime-fighter Matt Murdock and, Wilson Fisk, the villainous ‘Kingpin’ of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Season two will continue to develop the central characters of the first season while introducing two new popular characters from Marvel’s comic history – The Punisher and Elektra.
One of the strengths of Daredevil’s first is unquestionably the casting of the show’s primary characters. Charlie Cox explores the Catholic guilt Matt Murdock faces in his actions as the ‘devil of Hell’s Kitchen’, while Vincent D’Onofiio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk was critically-acclaimed and tells the story of a troubled youth turned into a power-hungry psychopath. The cast is rounded out with Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson – who will all be returning.
The second season brings in Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung to portray two of Marvel’s most beloved comic book characters, who have had failed on-screen portrayals in the past. Bernthal, best known for his role as Shane in the early days of The Walking Dead, will have the opportunity to define Frank Castle as he’s proven he can play someone who will do anything to get what he wants – whether that means surviving the zombie apocalypse or avenging his wife’s murder. The Punisher is an intense and violent character on the hunt for the mobsters that murdered his family and will stop at nothing to get that done. His interplay with the already violent Daredevil is perhaps the most anticipated aspect of season two.
Another interesting aspect of the season comes in the form of Elodie Yung’s upcoming portrayal of Elektra Natchios, who is a skilled assassin and Daredevil’s primary love interest in the comics. While she didn’t make an appearance in the first season, she was referenced in a flashback scene as the ‘Greek girl’ whom Matt joined a Greek language class solely with the intention of meeting. Elektra’s debut not only promises to add a more romantic element to Daredevil, but it’s also likely to bring back The Hand – a group of ninja assassins that were hinted at in the first season (Daredevil fights Nobu, a ninja of this sort, in one episode), but still remain a mystery to the universe Daredevil is creating.
The introduction of The Punisher, Elektra, and The Hand in a more direct way seem to be the primary focus of season two, if the trailers are any indication (the first part of the first trailer is embedded above), but Daredevil’s connection the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and a larger Netflix universe may set the stage for even more. Daredevil is the first of Marvel’s Netflix series that will include other characters getting their own show (most recently Jessica Jones) in the build to a Defenders mini-series event that will bring all of these characters together. Given the timing of this second season, there’s an excellent chance that Daredevil will reference the events that have happened in Jessica Jones or any of Marvel’s hit movies, and drop hints about the upcoming series revolving around Luke Cage and Danny Rand (aka ‘Iron Fist’).
All thirteen episodes of Daredevil’s second season hit Netflix on Friday, March 18, 2016, (likely at two in the morning, for you night owls).