Daredevil’s profile has skyrocketed in the past year. The Netflix show has lit the web on fire for it’s mature, street-level heroics, grounded action set-pieces and bold writing. It’s become one of the most watched shows on the streaming platform. Daredevil, along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are leading up to the eventual miniseries called The Defenders. A second season wasn’t guaranteed at first, thankfully, the Marvel-Netflix experiment was a roaring success and Season 2 is on it’s way!
Warning: Full spoilers for Season 1 will follow. If,for some unknown reason, you’ve been living under a rock. Leave this page, get on Netflix and binge season 1 right now.
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1. Open season in Hell’s Kitchen.
The lion’s share of the show’s success last season was due to Vincent D’Onofrio’s Emmy-flirting performance as Wilson Fisk (better known as the Kingpin). Season 1 ended with him in jail and he left a huge void in the criminal underworld and in Vanessa, his other half’s, heart. Wilson is forced to sit back and watch as his empire slips further and further away.
With every gang in town wanting to stake their claim of the criminal underworld and the arrival of a new vigilante. Matt’s got his hands full. I wouldn’t rule out a cameo from either of them to set up his eventual return.
2. Does the Punishment fit the crime?
Superhero casting can sometimes be a mixed bag. In Daredevil’s case, this is a case of casting that got it absolutely right! Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) is playing one of the most feared men in the Marvel Universe: Frank Castle, also known as The Punisher. Both guys want to get rid of crime on Hell’s Kitchen but that’s where the similarities end. Frank has a huge middle finger to everything Matt stands for and he doesn’t just stop criminals, he kills them dead. Matt, himself, has flirted with that line last season, but being a Catholic and a lawyer kept him from crossing that line. He can bend the law, but he won’t break it. The Punisher adds a new dynamic this season as it will test Matt, not only from a physical standpoint, but on an ideological standpoint.
3. Triangles are an unfriendly shape.
On the flip side of the coin, Matt, Foggy and Karen had something of a love triangle. While Matt was busy with his nighttime extra-curricular activities (i.e. keeping Hell’s Kitchen safe) there were hints of Foggy and Karen getting together. Wilson and Vanessa was the real love story and if the ending of last season was of any indication. Matt is due for some lovin’ this season…until a Greek girl turns his love life upside down!
4. A Greek tragedy waiting to happen…
It all started in Columbia where Matt and Foggy where walking back to their dorm and this question is brought up “What happened to that Greek girl?…She was smokin'” That Greek girl is Elektra and boy, she is trouble! Daredevil’s most notable love (and one of his greatest enemies/allies) debuts this season played by Elodie Yung. She’s every bit Daredevil’s physical equal. I hope there’s flashbacks to their time together in Columbia (read The Man Without Fear) but the bigger question : Is she a friend…or foe?
5. What’s behind the door?
Typically each film in the MCU has a post credits scene that plants the seeds for what lies ahead. Doing a post credits scene on Netflix is impossible without a 15 second warning for the next episode. Daredevil had it’s own post credits moment during episode 6. where Stick, Matt’s gruff mentor, was talking to Stone in a moment lifted from The Man Without Fear about Matt’s potential role for “when the gate opens…” That could mean a lot of things. Is it hinting at Iron Fist?, The Hand? Only time will tell..
6. Is two better than one?
Episodic television, like comic books, have showrunners that pass the torch to the next person to take series into new avenues.The most notable change on Daredevil is the absence of Steven DeKnight (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Spartacus, Smallville). He was the showrunner last season and he even wrote some episodes himself. This time, Steven has handed the reins to Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, who’ve worked very closely with Steven in the writer’s room. Trying to top an amazing first season is a pretty tall order. It’s up to them to not let the ball, or billy club, drop.
7. What about the 99 friends….?
The Marvel/Netflix world has grown in the last year. Jessica Jones became another hit and it also introduced the bulletproof-skinned hero for hire, Luke Cage (who will also have his show this fall) and the Immortal Iron Fist has finally been casted, Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell from Game of Thrones) will be playing Danny Rand. Going into the second season, the chances of seeing any cameos from either of them? Daredevil and Jessica Jones have done a great job leaving clues towards Iron Fist (the Steel Serpent heroin, Jeri Hogarth, Madame Gao). Expect to see more clues and easter eggs that will lead to the eventual team-up and by extension to it’s cinematic big brother.
Daredevil is coming back to a lot more attention than when it started. From new showrunners to new characters. Can it avoid the sophomore curse?
We will find out soon enough!
Daredevil Season 2 will premiere on Netflix on March 18th (two weeks from tomorrow)