The first season of Daredevil was critically acclaimed, it was new and it was a good portrayal of Daredevil, given the faux pas of last time it was a relief to see that both Netflix & Marvel were able to pull off such a feat with a limited budget but they did and fans alike were extremely pleased.
Season 2 has been teased religiously, with the introduction of fan-favourites Frank Castle AKA The Punisher who has his family stolen from him, from mobsters who gunned them down, he then seeks revenge & goes on a hunting spree killing all the mob & Elektra who had an explosive relationship with Daredevil but it ended and she has now shown up, they both have strong ties with Daredevil in the comics so it bodes well that Netflix are staying to true to their ethos of tying their respective cinematic universe together but will these characters be introduced for the right reasons?
Much of all this depends on how well Daredevil himself handles these respective characters, and reviews are flooding in, first impressions of both Elodie Yung as Elektra & Jon Bernthal as The Punisher are both equally as impressive as each other.
Variety‘s Brian Lowry said:
“While it’s established that the milieu is essentially R-rated territory, the beginning is so dark and brooding as to border on self-parody, with the Punisher portrayed almost as a Terminator, maiming and inflicting enough torture to feel like a Tarantino homage.Starting with the third and fourth episodes, though, the characters come into focus (and Bernthal, happily, finally gets some dialogue). Moreover, there’s an extended fight sequence in a stairwell that’s one of the more impressive action pieces this relatively modestly budgeted endeavour has produced.”
Den of Geek‘s Mike Cecchini said:
“Elodie Yung’s Elektra Natchios is the character to watch, though. The mysterious woman from Matt’s past is not only clever and cold, but every bit the physical match for Daredevil, as well as everyone else she crosses paths with. Elektra’s motives are unclear, as are her intentions towards Matt, which makes hers the more compelling of the many stories the season is juggling. Just as surely as the first season of this show effectively erased the 2003 film from everyone’s memories, Bernthal and Yung can safely be considered the definitive versions of these characters.”
If we listen to these guys, early reviews are sounding pretty sweet if you ask me! Elektra outshines Punisher and they both portray their characters well, fans have long looked forward to this season, with Vincent D’Onofrio’s explosive rendition of Wilson Fisk AKA The Kingpin in season one, he will be sorely missed from this season but it seems we have 2 lots of people to worry about in this season, will they fill the King Pins large shoes? Only time will tell. A question that has long been asked is whether Punisher will get his own spin off show, it was confirmed and recently down played but the MCU booming at the minute and the sheer hype around Punisher they would be foolish not to give the Punisher his own show, Daredevil season 2 will air on March 18th, with Luke Cage followed closely in toe airing November, then 2017 will be the year of Jessica Jones & the Defenders, but no exact dates have been penned for these 3.