'Daredevil' Season 2: Everything You Need to Know About the New Cast, New Costumes and Most Epic Fight Scenes
By John Boone
Someone is coming to Hell's Kitchen that might instill some terror in the Man Without Fear.
Netflix drops the second season of Marvel's Daredevil at midnight and this go-around promises to be bigger, badder, and bloodier than the first. After all, Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) finally comes face to face with Frank Castle aka The Punisher.
Here's a crash course in all things Daredevil -- including scoop on the new season straight from the cast and creators -- to prep you before your binge.
What You Need to Remember From Season One: You know the gist of it -- blind lawyer by day, masked vigilante by night -- so we'll hit the bigger plot points that carry over into season two: In the season one finale, Matt used his lawyer skills and street smarts to have Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio) arrested, only for the kingpin to escape. The two finally faced off in the streets and Daredevil won, turning Fisk back over to the police -- so he's still out there, somewhere.
If you only re-watch one episode though, we'd suggest you revisit episode seven, "Stick." Because you're going to want to remember Matt's mentor, Stick -- he was the other blind man who killed that young boy the Japanese were keeping as a weapon -- as the story delves more into the grand battle between the Chaste and the Hand. TL;DR: Ninja are coming!
New Bad Guys: With Fisk out of the picture, it's not just ninjas that are descending upon NYC. Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung) and The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) arrive to make Matt's life very...complicated. You won't need to wait around to meet Castle, like you did in the first season with Fisk. Things start out the gate with a bang -- literally, The Punisher's signature shoot-em-up style is cemented in the first episode and his dark backstory is teased not long after that. That's as much as we'll tease though.
As for the man doling out The Punisher's brand of Justice, Bernthal admits he was nervous to take on the role. "I know how much this character means to so many people. I respect that and I get it. I think comic book fans are the most loyal, passionate, intelligent fans out there and I want to do right by them," he told ET at the second season premiere.
New Costumes: We've already gotten a look at Elektra's update look -- we hope you weren't expecting too much red leather -- and the show's take on Castle's skull-adorned armor, but the biggest change is Matt donning the Daredevil suit full-time now. It may still evolve though, as Melvin Potter (Matt Gerald) pops back up in the first few episodes.
That said, don't expect a return of the ninja suit -- although Cox admits he misses it too.
"I love the Daredevil suit, don’t get me wrong. It’s great to wear that," he said. "There’s nothing like putting that suit on. But there is something about the ninja suit that was just so comfortable, something so dark about it...I will always miss it a little bit, but I do think it’s essential that if you’re going to make a show about Daredevil, that you have to evolve to the red suit at some point."
It's more than just a look though, as the new look reflects a whole new Matt Murdoch.
"It feels like someone who is not trying to hide anymore," Cox explained. "The thing about the ninja costume was he was trying to go undetected. He was trying to live in the shadows and not be seen. But when he put on the suit, he has changed his views a little bit. He’s become someone who wants to be recognized. He wants to be known, he wants to be feared!"
More Fight Sequences: We'll never forgive the Emmys for snubbing Daredevil's season one stunt work -- that hallway fight in episode two! -- thankfully, they will be able to make things right this year, because the fight sequences in season two are just as epic. There's even a scene that pays homage to the iconic hallway brawl.
Cox says the crew definitely felt the pressure to one-up their action sequences. "The fight scenes have been elevated. They’ve been ramped up!" he said. "Matt is getting better at fighting. He’s also coming up against much harder enemies. He’s having to keep up his game."
Meanwhile, showrunner Doug Petrie told us they definitely did not shy away from any violence. "We got to be as sort-of grounded, and gritty, and sophisticated as we wanted to be," he revealed. "Any concerns that we had about the violence went away when the show debuted."
So, What's Next? If ninjas and exotic former flames and revenge-seeking gunmen aren't enough to entice you to watch, we don't know what will. Would it help if we told you there is some sweet flirting between Matt and Karen (Deborah Ann Woll)? Or that Foggy (Elden Henson) is charming as ever, even as he gets thrown into the belly of the beast?
As for what comes next for Daredevil, we're guessing The Defenders -- the Avengers-like team-up series featuring Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Game of Thrones star Finn Jones) sometime in 2017 or early 2018. Likely a third season of Daredevil will follow, but we've already cycled through Matt's most infamous villains, so who does that leave?
Thankfully, there's time to figure it out. Because it seems the showrunners don't even know yet -- or, if they do, they're not teasing any possibilities. "Macbeth! I don't know!" co-showrunner Marco Ramirez exclaimed, while Petrie joked, "Tony Soprano! I don't know either!"
Now, find out what Cox told us about the possibility of Daredevil joining Avengers: Infinity War.