So. We got a new trailer for Season 2 of Marvel and Netflix's critically-acclaimed drama Daredevil today, and it was as awesome as to be expected. Let's run through everything that went down in this trailer, shall we?
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out.
The trailer opens with a shot of a mailbox featuring the name Castle, and proceeds to show a picture of Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle, a.k.a. Punisher with his daughter, as well as a discarded children's book on the ground. This, set to an eerie chant, is quite unnerving, and gives the implication that the show will be faithful to the comics in portraying Castle's family's death. We hear Punisher voiceover read the title of the book, as he gears up and sits on a park bench. We then see him prepare to shoot someone, and the Netflix and Marvel logos come on.
MATT'S DILEMMA AND A NEW FOE
We then get more footage from earlier teasers, with Matt asking Father Lantom why he stills feels guilty, with the priest responding by telling our hero that his work is not yet finished. Sgt. Brett Mahoney from Season 1 appears, and tells Matt and Foggy about a new player in Hell's Kitchen (Punisher). Mahoney mentions that the new vigilante is tracking gang members down with no backup, and taking them out in their homes. He says that Punisher has "military precision", likely foreshadowing the reveal that Castle is of a military background. He concludes by saying that the Punisher has enough equipment and skill to take down the whole city, and says that "Hell's Kitchen is about to explode".
We see Frank covered in blood, and then about to shoot someone in a shot reminiscent of the earlier footage. We hear the line, "Bang", as shown in past teasers. There is an explosion, and it is made clear that Punisher is behind it. We hear the voice of Deborah Ann Woll's Karen Page, wondering if Daredevil's actions are what brought Punisher into being. She even refers to it as, "all of us", suggesting that she may now know that Matt is Daredevil. Matt assures her that there is no connection. We see the red suit-clad Man Without Fear on a rooftop, followed by a shot of Matt and Karen in a tender embrace. Matt decides to take Punisher down before innocents become caught in the crossfire.
Castle is seen on a rooftop, with a rifle trained on a man in a car, whom he proceeds to shoot. Matt and Foggy share a heated argument, with Foggy claiming that Matt could have brought this violence into the lives of Hell's Kitchen residents. We then get our first glimpse at Claire Temple, saying that this city needs "him", presumably referring to Daredevil. We see Punisher load his gun, and say that he needs to kill those who killed his family. A fight scene is shown that is quite similar to the hallway fight from Season 1, which makes sense considering the cast has said that there will be an homage to that fight.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAREDEVIL AND PUNISHER
Matt tells Castle that people don't need to die, while Castle (in a manner reminiscent of Jason Todd) replies that when Matt hits people they get back up but when Punisher goes after them they stay down. Bullets fly as Matt begs to know, "Why are you doing this?". Castle says that Matt is a half-measure, a coward. We see intense footage of Matt and Frank in a fistfight, and Frank solemnly tells Matt that he is "one bad day away from being me", as Matt struggles to get up off the ground. The title card appears, and we see the introduction of a beloved character.
Matt is in his apartment when he hears a noise, and grabs a knife while turning around. He seems to relax, and simply states:
Elektra: Hello Matthew.
It is shown clearly that the pair already know each other, and that interaction is likely to be shown in part 2 of the trailer, to be released on February 25th.
All in all, this was a very intense and exciting tease for the upcoming season. Jon Bernthal looks to be well cast as the Punisher, while Elodie Yung's Elektra is not on screen enough to gauge the performance. The relationship shown between Daredevil and Punisher seems fascinating, and will likely bring forth plenty of ideological debate. Punisher appears to be set up as a sort of evil (or at least ambiguous) counterpart to Daredevil, and that is a big part of their relationship in the comics.
Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments if I missed anything, or if you have theories on what you saw.