With all the hype that surrounded Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil series, it was going to be a hit or a miss. Fortunately, it was a huge hit, and Netflix and Marvel ordered up a Season 2 right away. It has just been revealed that Matt Murdock will be fighting with a new Daredevil costume, and there will be appearances by The Punisher and Elektra in Daredevil Season 2.
The official Twitter account for Daredevil reveals that "The Man Without Fear" gets himself another costume upgrade. Some of you might remember that Matt Murdock's costume was a big part of the story of the first season, and he was clad in black with a blindfold until Melvin Porter finally brought him an outfit suitable for his namesake.
Seeing actor Charlie Cox in that costume for Season 1 caused many fans of the comic book source material to hesitate watching the Netflix series, but Daredevil comic fans and the rest of the world were quickly astounded at the show's professional productions values. Some people still didn't like the final suit on the last episode of Season 1, so I guess another upgrade was ordered.
The suit looks like it has a lot of padding, and Daredevil will need it, as there are reports that Marvel's iconic gun-toting vigilante The Punisher will appear in Season 2. The Punisher has even had three movies made about him, and he is most famous for his shirt with the skull emblazed on his chest. It is not known if Netflix will use that skull look, but in the comics, the Punisher, aka Frank Castle, was a war veteran with a family that was killed, and so he takes revenge on the criminals, by any means necessary.
Yes, The Punisher kills his enemies, so I guess that makes him more of an antihero. Is Castle going to set the storyline for Season 2? The Punisher has tried to kill the Kingpin several times in the comics. When Daredevil defeated the Kingpin in Season 1, he simply turned him over to the police. The Punisher is sure to try a different route in Season 2.
There is another assassin who will be showing up in Season 2 as well. Marvel has recently announced that casting of Elodie Yung in the role of Elektra for Season 2 of the Netflix series, a very well-known character from the comic-book source material. Elektra was a fan-favorite character that Daredevil fell for, but was unfortunately killed by an assassin named Bullseye.
It is not known if Bullseye will be making an appearance on the show, as there hasn't been any casting information on this. The first season had allusions to these characters, but they were quite subtle. There is a scene where Matthew Murdock (Daredevil's real name) is talking with his friend and law partner Foggy Nelson, and the latter mentions that Matt had a girlfriend in the past.
There is also a scene in Season 1 where we see a sniper who happens to have a deck of cards near him. The sniper's face is not seen, but the cards could be a reference to Bullseye, who liked to employ them often.
The interesting aspect of watching a movie or TV show based on Marvel comics source material is that the viewer is usually just watching part of a story. In the case of Netflix's Daredevil, it is already planned to be a part of a bigger story as Matt Murdock will be joining a team known as The Defenders. There will be four shows that Netflix will air with these team members, and there are a lot of plans for Daredevil Season 2.
Business Insider reports that Marvel has a plan for its Netflix series from Netflix president Ted Sarandos. He says that "there will be a rhythm of about every six months you'll get a new season or a new series from the Defenders group". The Defenders is a plan to group the heroes from the Netflix Marvel Cinematic Universe together, which includes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.
The Jessica Jones series will begin sometime in late 2015, and will star Kristyn Ritter and David Tennant. Then, six months later, there will be Luke Cage, which will star Mike Colter as the lead character. Another six months later will be Iron Fist, and I would imagine that the second season of Daredevil will have to fit in there somewhere, along with the Defenders series that will combine all four of these characters into one team.
Whatever the case, it doesn't look like Daredevil Season 2 will return to Netflix until sometime in 2016. There is the possibility of cross-overs with other shows that take place in this Netflix Marvel Cinematic Universe as well, and there are reports that there could be a Punisher series as well. As for Elektra, there haven't been any rumors of her own show, but if the fans love this new incarnation of her, Marvel could probably make it happen.