There's been a lot of chatter lately about the possibility of us seeing a romance between Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) when Daredevil Season 2 rolls around next year.
However, it's also been announced that Elodie Yung has been picked to appear as ninja assassin Elektra, another prominent love interest from Matt's past in the comics books.
Karen Page in Marvel Comics
If you thought Karen's role in Daredevil was dark, it's nothing compared to that of her comic book counterpart.
Like in the TV series, Karen Page is the hired as the secretary when Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock open their new law firm. She became Matt's longest running love interest, constantly breaking up and getting back together with him. She also got messed around a lot by Matt, who pretended to have a twin brother Mike - the wisecracking Daredevil. She developed feelings for "Mike", then Matt faked Mike's death and pretended not to have feelings for her because fuck you Karen that's why.
Her father becomes a super-villain, Death's-Head, and after he and Daredevil fight Matt reveals his Daredevil identity to her. Matt then decides to leave crimefighting to be with Karen, but later returns to wearing the mask. Karen leaves him, unable to deal with constantly fearing for his safety, and moves to Los Angeles to become an actress.
There's some weird storylines around this, she gets kidnapped a few more times, eventually ends up addicted to heroin and doing pornography. She sells Daredevil's secret identity in need of a fix, but still they end up getting back together. She leaves, comes back, leaves, is tricked into believing that she's HIV+, comes back and is later murdered by Bullseye, saving Matt's life in the process.
Basically, she has a pretty bad time of it, and she's written about as well as other female side-characters of the 60s (hint: super crappily). On the other hand, Daredevil's Karen Page is a really well written character who actually goes out and fights for what she believes is right, despite being framed for murder and almost being murdered herself in the first episode of season 1.
Described only thus far as a "mystery woman from Matt Murdock’s past", we don't know very much about the Marvel Cinematic Universe Elektra; however what we do know is that her appearance will shake up Matt's life, and probably not for the better.
In the comics the Greek assassin Elektra Natchios has constantly switched between hero, anti-hero, and villain, sometimes supporting and sometimes opposing Daredevil when she was hired by the Kingpin. She's also been one of the more prominent love interests throughout the series run, despite her background as an assassin.
She first met Matt at university (as alluded to in a flashback episode in Daredevil season 1). They fell in love and Matt revealed his superhuman senses to her. However following the accidental death of her father at the hands of a policeman, Elektra left America to train in martial arts with Stick in Japan. Still consumed by hatred for those she blamed for her father's death, Stick eventually asked her to leave and she became part of the Hand assassins for a while. She then travelled as an assassin for hire and eventually met Daredevil/Matt again.
Like Karen, she was also killed by Bullseye, but unlike Karen she didn't stay dead, eventually resurrected by the Hand and becoming an assassin again.
What Does This Mean For Daredevil Season 2?
Well, there's nothing wrong with having two love interests, but it would be nice to see the makers dodging the "ex-flame threatening new love" trope which is now so overused in drama it's boringly predictable. But if Karen and Matt do end up getting together the reemergence of his first love will definitely affect their dynamic, even if she is a murderous assassin.
However, I don't know if this is just me, but I thought things were being set up more towards Karen hooking up with Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson).
Maybe that was just because they spent so much time together whilst Matt was off being busy getting the shit kicked out of him and getting patched up by Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple/Night Nurse (who has already been set up as another romantic interest, though she's currently left New York City).
Personally, I'm not holding my breath for Karen and Matt getting together; their relationship has been more platonic thus far. I'm leaning more towards her being with Foggy or remaining independent (as not every female who is introduced into a hero team needs to have a love interest per the current trend).
However that could all change next season depending on what the makers have in store for us, so I guess we're just going to have to wait and see.