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(Warning, potential plot SPOILERS for Daredevil season 2 - and pf course for season 1 and the comics - lie below. As Taylor Swift so sagely advises: "Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya"...)

Now, when it comes to being woefully ineffective at actually keeping his secret identity a secret, there are few superheroes who can successfully trump Daredevil. Over the years, the Man Without Fear has somehow managed to survive - and indeed thrive - despite his crippling inability to not accidentally reveal his superheroic identity to more-or-less everyone he meets.

Which, it seems, is a trait that DD's on-screen counterpart has very much retained through the adaptation process. At this point, five other characters already know exactly who he dresses up as at night - Foggy, Claire, Santino, Father Lantom and Stick - and we're only one season in.

All of which points to something pretty darned significant happening in season 2 of the show - something which might just have some major consequences for Captain America: Civil War, and Spider-Man...

Daredevil Is Probably About to Get Unmasked

Now, to understand exactly why that's so likely, we first have to take a quick look at just how incredibly indiscreet Murdock has historically been - and how that could shape the upcoming season of Daredevil.

Y'see, while Daredevil is pretty fantastically terrible at keeping his secret identity hidden in the comics, he was largely operating in an era where you could pull that kind of crap and consistently fail to get caught out.

I mean, one time he basically just got away with being unmasked by...being slightly implausible:

On another occasion, Matt 'superstar lawyer' Murdock's best solution to the problem? Pulling an unconventional variant on the 'Parent Trap', by literally inventing - and pretending to be - his own twin brother:

That, though, at least sort-of worked, by virtue of a vital secret weapon: the fact that the 60's and 70's were an era where you could pretend to be your own twin brother, and no-one would bat an eye.

Over the years, however, Murdock gradually gave away his secret identity to more acquaintances than McDonalds give away small plastic toys - and eventually, one of them blabbed.

That's right, that's none other than Karen Page, aka Daredevil's long-time love interest and on-screen Deborah Ann Woll...

Back in the comics, y'see, Page ended up in a whole lot of trouble (and doing a whole lot of drugs) and wound up selling Daredevil's secret identity for a surprisingly small amount of heroin.

Which, of course, eventually wound up getting back to none other than...The Kingpin.

Who, predictably, used the information to completely ruin Daredevil's life, as revenge for the hero doing...more-or-less exactly what Murdock did to the Kingpin in season 1 of Daredevil.

Eventually, that led to one of the Kingpin's men revealing Daredevil's identity to the press, and this happening:

Which, while it didn't really stick, caused a whole lot of grief for Murdock - and has led to an awful lot of people now (accurately) believing him to be Daredevil.

Which is Where Civil War Comes in

Y'see, one of the problems with Marvel and Sony's deal to bring Spider-Man into the MCU so late in the day is that it severely limits Marvel's options when it comes to Spidey's appearance in Captain America: Civil War.

Back in the comics, after all, Spider-Man was one of the most well-established characters in the Marvel Universe, and as such took on the role of 'guy stuck in the middle of the whole damn thing'. One of the key moments in the plot-line was Peter Parker's big reveal - at Iron Man's urging - of his secret identity.

Similarly, Spidey's later defection from Iron Man's side to Cap's was a fundamentally important moment in the story, with the emotional resonance being firmly tied in to the hero's long-time popularity.

With Tom Holland's new MCU Spidey not set to debut until during Civil War, though, a role of that substance is unlikely, since it wouldn't have been emotionally or narrative-ly 'earned'.

Which means:

Daredevil Might Steal Spider-Man's Role

Or, rather, if we do indeed end up seeing Daredevil's identity revealed by The Kingpin during the show's second season (which is likely to debut a little before Captain America: Civil War's release) don't be too surprised if the show focuses on his attempts to keep it under-wraps, before eventually, in the show's final moments, showing an embattled Matt Murdock receiving a visit from a certain Tony Stark, who we'll presumably hear a lot about during the course of the season, in relation to the (teased in Ant-Man) 'accords' that appear likely to spark the superhero Civil War.

Throw in an appeal from Tony to Murdock's fundamental belief in the law, and it's not too implausible that the show's second season could end with a Daredevil-themed variation on this iconic moment:

Something along the lines of "My name is Matt Murdock, and I am the Daredevil of Hell's Kitchen", perhaps?

Which, between the brief Robert Downey Jr. cameo, the sheer size of the reveal and the implication of a Civil War cameo for Daredevil, would be...just about the biggest deal in the MCU since Nick Fury turned up at the end of Iron Man.

But could it actually happen?

Well, what do you reckon?


Could Daredevil 'pull a Spider-Man' in Season 2?


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