Daredevil will premiere its Season 2 on Netflix on March 18, 2016. In anticipation of this event, several new trailers have recently been released teasing new characters coming to the Netflix series.
According to Vanity Fair, the first lengthy trailer for Daredevil is only part one of a two-part teaser, focused heavily on the new character of The Punisher. Played by Jon Bernthal, The Punisher is a vigilante foe of Daredevil, one who goes to great lengths to get what he wants, with tactics including murder, violence, and torture.
His backstory includes the death of his wife and two children by the mob in New York City’s Central Park. The Punisher, whose real name is Frank Castle, is also a US military veteran who excels at martial arts and guerrilla warfare.
Another new character introduced in the Daredevil trailer is Elektra, played by Elodie Yung. Not much was shown of Elektra except for her sitting in Daredevil alter-ego Matt Murdoch’s apartment. As for Elektra’s backstory in the comic books, she alternates between a mercenary lifestyle and love interest to Daredevil. The trailer does not distinguish which side of justice Elektra will be on for Season 2 of Daredevil.
As reported by The Guardian, Elodie Yung feels like Elektra is “kind of a sociopath. This world is a game for her, a chess game. What motivates her is what she wants. She’ll use anything needs to use to get to her goal. If she needs to kill people, she will.”
Elektra is a complex being, and it will take the whole season for Daredevil viewers to really understand her, according to Elodie Yung.
“She’s not a bad person. She’s not a good person. She’s a person with different traits and layers. We’ll find out who she is really by the end of [the season].”
While the trailer for Daredevil introduced some new characters, it also made sure to show familiar faces. Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox, is going through an existential crisis trying to decide who or what he is. At the Television Critics Association press tour in January, Charlie Cox admitted as much of his Daredevil character,
“Now that he’s so much more visible, he’s a symbol that is instantly recognizable. That has to kind of inform his actions – and has to inform the decisions he makes. He has to be more responsible.”
In contrast to the calculated measures that Daredevil employs are The Punisher’s tactics, as Frank Castle believes the ends always justify the means. Jon Bernthal characterized The Punisher as “this guy who’s really not concerned with [the means]. As far as superpowers [go], his superpower is his rage, and that he’s not going to quit.”
Other secondary characters are shown in the Daredevil trailer, including Night Nurse Claire Temple played by Rosario Dawson. Also in appearance is Sargent Brett Mahoney, played by Royce Johnson. Both of these characters had small roles in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, which shares the same world as Daredevil.
While the first Daredevil trailer was over two minutes long, Netflix decided to release a pair of mini-trailers that clocked in at 15 seconds. This time, no new or old characters were shown. Instead, it is a part of one scene in which Daredevil is chained to the top of a building. Over his struggles and cries, a cocked gun can be heard. Who is holding that gun remains a mystery, though The Punisher is known to favor guns as his weapon of choice.
The second trailer was released earlier this week, and the Daredevil teaser showed only The Punisher holding Daredevil’s mask in one hand and a gun in another. Had The Punisher followed up his vengeful thoughts from the first mini-trailer remains a mystery to be solved, IGN reported.
In addition to Daredevil, Jessica Jones was also renewed for a second season. Like Daredevil’s unveiling of another Marvel character, Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter has already conjured up a possible partner from the Avengers. Those plans are hypothetical, however.
Eventually, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage — a character who will also be getting his own show this year — will unite to become The Defenders, a series event scheduled to hit Netflix sometime in 2017.
There is still a month to go before all 13 episodes of Daredevil are released in mid March. Of what you’ve seen thus far, what excites you about The Punisher joining Daredevil for the series’ second season? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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