Netflix's Daredevil has been a runaway success, pulling movie nerds and new fans alike into the dark and dangerous world of Hell's Kitchen. The gritty tone is a welcome break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's glossy films, as Daredevil replaces CGI with everyday life. Instead of spaceships and laser beams we get police chases and brutal hand-to-hand combat. And the characters even sardonically comment on the events of Marvel's biggest film, 2012's The Avengers...
Real life consequences are a definite theme here, making the show an instant fan fave. Initially intended to be a one-season lead in for Netflix's planned Defenders series, along with upcoming Netflix series [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](tag:1168773), Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, the reaction to Daredevil prompted a renewal. So yes, we will be seeing more of the Devil of Hell's Kitchen in season two!
We might have to wait until 2016 to find out what happens, but the news is pouring in. Just in case you missed them, here's the highlights of what to expect in season two...
The Punisher joins the cast
That's right, Jon Bernthal will be joining the team as The Punisher. This will add an interesting element to the show: Punisher is notorious for being morally grey with his crime fighting methods, often using torture and murder to get his guy. Season one saw Matt grapple with morality more than a few times, and as his obsession with Wilson Fisk grew, so his methods got darker. Could Punisher act as a foil, so Matt can see (uh... hear) the error of his ways? Rosario Dawson commented on this possibility in her recent interview with MTV...
“[Matt] crosses the line quite often, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they differentiate them and where that goes.”
Punisher's addition to cast could also lead the plot in very interesting directions when we factor in Wilson Fisk. In the comics, Fisk becomes Kingpin, nemesis of Daredevil and no friend to Punisher either. With Fisk incarcerated, staring blankly at the walls of his cage, it doesn't seem like he's set for super-villain status any time soon. Vanessa, however, is a different story.
The end of the show saw Vanessa fleeing the city in Fisk's private helicopter, after helping break him out of police custody (before his ultimate capture by Matt). Now engaged to Fisk, there's no way Vanessa's gonna rest with her fiancé in jail. Could she become the new Kingpin? But if she crosses the Punisher, there's no way her charm will persuade him to go easy on her...
New characters: Bullseye and Elektra
Nothing has been confirmed, but with several hints about these two characters in season one, we might see Elektra and Bullseye making waves in season two. Elektra's mention is very brief: during the college flashback, Foggy asks about the Greek girl that Matt was dating. Could she turn out to be the badass vigilante Elektra? Bullseye's reference is even briefer, and definitely up for debate. Remember the sniper on the roof in episode 6? No? Then you probably didn't even notice this.
A playing card seems an odd choice for a sniper to have in his bag. Unless, of course, he's actually Bullseye, the vigilante known for using anything and everything to kill people. And he does love his deadly card tricks...
Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch. But hey, the showrunners certainly know how to hide their Easter Eggs, and sometimes an eye for detail pays off.
Just who is Karen?
"Do you really think this is the first time I've shot someone?"
There's been a lot of mystery surrounding Karen. From the first episode she seems to have been hiding something, and the enigma of her backstory only increased when she killed Wesley. Her determination to be involved in Ulrich's investigation hints that she's been wronged before, and she's desperate to get some sort of closure and vengeance for crimes against her. This is something that will definitely be expanded on in season two, and it may cause friction between Karen and her little family. Deborah Ann Woll hints at what's to come...
"We're going to pace out that backstory very slowly. And it's going to impact greatly her decisions and her moving forward. But it may be a while before we find out exactly what it is that she's hiding."
With Karen still clueless about Matt's superhero identity, could she spiral into a darker place as her past is revealed? Here's hoping she keeps her fighting spirit (and she gets more bad guys to shoot)!
The Man Without Fear
Now that Matt's a proper hero (with the outfit and everything), and his law firm is starting to take off, his future is pretty bright. He's been through a lot, nearly died pretty much every week, but his nemesis is behind bars and he's surrounded by his friends. It's likely that his recklessness and no-fear attitude is only going to increase. How long until he faces danger again?
With new allies Jessica Jones, Danny Rand, and Luke Cage on the horizon, along with potential new villains to contend with, our favourite blind bandit has a rocky road ahead of him. One thing's for certain: nothing will stop us tuning in to find out what happens next!