(Warning: the following contains major potential SPOILERS for the upcoming season of Daredevil - albeit theoretical ones - as well as definite SPOILERS for past Daredevil comic-book story-lines. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
With Daredevil Season 2 set to hit Netflix on March 18, the horrifyingly large window of time we have to wait to see Matt Murdock's on-screen adventures continue is finally - finally - growing small enough to bear.
What's more, one intriguing side effect of that increased proximity is that we're now entering into the 'golden' month of geek property promotion - neither too far away for teasing to be retained by us fans, nor too close to risk spoiling something of vital importance. In theory, these next few weeks are when we should see a giant pile of awesome teasing, without too much in the way of spoilers or plot ruination.
That, at least, is the theory. The only problem?
'Daredevil''s Latest Teaser Image Might Just Have Revealed a Major Plot Twist
(Note, this is where those aforementioned theoretical SPOILERS come in...)
Specifically, this one:
Now, on the surface, that may well seem to be a simple image of Matt Murdock's iconic red glasses, far more cracked than we're used to seeing them. We might speculate that Matt - or rather his devilish alter-ego - is set to get the snot knocked out of him during the course of season 2, or that his eyes are perhaps about to be (metaphorically) opened to something in brutal fashion.
Or, alternatively - as one intrepid Moviepilot staffer noticed - it might just mean something a whole lot more. Specifically:
Those Broken Glasses Could Tell Us That a Very Specific Comic-Book Story-Line is Coming
Namely, this one:
Yup, that's right, those broken glasses - the visual 'shattering' of the secret identity Murdock uses to hide his superhero alter ego from the world - might just suggest that Daredevil's second season is building up to Daredevil's secret identity being revealed to the world.
Which...would actually make a whole lot of sense. With the movie side of the Marvel universe set to be preoccupied with superhero legislation, it would seem logical that government agencies like the FBI would be looking into vigilantes like Daredevil - and the revelation of his identity would certainly upset Murdock's carefully balanced applecart.
The even bigger reason to suspect that Murdock's identity could be revealed, though?
The Story-Line the Reveal Set Up in the Comic-Book Looks to Be Looming in the Show
Remember how the Kingpin is currently rotting in prison, desperate for vengeance? And how The Punisher is set to make his MCU debut, likely causing Matt no end of trouble?
Well, it just so happens that the immediate aftermath of Murdock's identity being revealed in the comic-book saw him ending up in prison...along with The Kingpin...
...and The Punisher...
Now, of course, there's really nothing to say that Daredevil the series will follow the path of the comic-book (besides the fact that it was awesome), but if it were to opt to 'out' Murdock as Daredevil, and then have him wind up in prison in the show's final episode, it sure would set up an (almost impossible to wait for) third season.
Imagine this: the season ends with Murdock being arrested by the FBI, and with his identity as the man behind Daredevil's mask hitting every news outlet. We see him be thrown into a jail cell, only for the camera to slowly pull back to reveal the man in the cell next door...The Kingpin.
In the face of that kind of set-up, how could we possibly wait a whole year for season 3? Impatiently, that's how...
What do you reckon, though?
What do you think? Will Daredevil's secret identity be revealed in season 2?