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(Warning - major potential SPOILERS for Daredevil Season 2 (and mild ones for Season 1) lie below - as well as a couple of pretty huge ones for some recent comic-book story-lines. Tread softly, and all that...)

Now, there was a whole lot to love about the first season of Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil - but if there's one complaint it was possible to level at the show, it's the relative lack of any kind of alternative superheroic presence. After all, we don't even get to see Daredevil himself fully suit up until the season's final episode, and there's barely even a hint of any other costumed hero.

Now, with The Punisher and Elektra already confirmed to be appearing in Season 2 of the show, that's unlikely to be a problem for too much longer - and from the looks of the official Daredevil Twitter feed, we might even be seeing a few more heroes by the end of the sophomore season:

It Looks Like Gladiator Is Coming to Daredevil

No, not that one (awesome as that would be).

Or, indeed, that one - despite his being a major part of the Marvel comic-book universe.

Instead, it seems there's a pretty good chance that we're going to see Melvin Potter, a.k.a. this guy from Daredevil's first season...

...become his costumed comic-book counterpart, Gladiator:

The Reason?

That there image, featuring Gladiator's notorious saw blades, with Melvin Potter's initials engraved onto them.

Which, it seems, suggests we're about to see Potter take a step beyond his helping Daredevil as a costume-designer, and take on a costumed identity of his very own.

The big question, then?

What Does That Mean for Season 2?

Well, if the comic-books are any guide, then there's a very good chance we could see Potter turning over a new leaf as a minor superhero in his own right.

Y'see, in the comics, he started off as a villain - as anyone who remembers he and Daredevil's fight scene from Season 1 will note he also did in the show - before turning over a new leaf and becoming one of Daredevil's biggest supporters (much as he seems to have in the show, too).

Now, as it turned out, that turn to superheroism was relatively short-lived, with Potter eventually being manipulated into returning to a life of crime on a number of occasions...

...but for the purposes of Daredevil's second season, there's every reason to believe that Potter'll still be in that heroic phase - perhaps even providing backup to DD on a mission or two.

That being said, don't be too surprised if Season 3 sees Melvin's story-line take a turn for the tragic...

What do you think, though?



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