The Devils You Know
The Devil You Don't
First up, The Punisher. You may know this one already, but The Punisher, real name Frank Castle, is an anti-hero from Marvel Comics who first appeared in a Spider-Man comic in 1974. The Punisher is different to many heroes in Marvel's canon in that his moral compass is... well, non-existent. Following the death of his wife and two children in a gang shoot-out in New York, the Punisher vows to end all crime he possibly can through the application of his intense special forces training, which includes guerilla tactics, marksmanship, CQC, infiltrations, demolition, explosives and and impressive and seemingly never-ending catalogue of knowledge of guns and ballistics (Including an infamous gun that shot swords and occasionally frank'd franks). Although arguably on the side of good, wishing to end crime forever, The Punisher is totally okay with fighting fire with fire, often torturing, extorting, kidnapping and murdering whoever he needs to in order to get the job done. The man is a walking one-man army who never lets his enemies go, which is why he has a very minimal list of villains in his rouges gallery.
The Devil You Did
For the TV show, however, we already got a taste of the hand with Nobu is the first series, who was Daredevil's adversary in one of the bloodiest battles the series gave us. This time, though, they are the main targets for both The Punisher and Elektra, as they try to impose their force over Hell's Kitchen. It's not known how much of the mysticism is present just yet, but given Madam Gao's involvement in the first series, the upcoming Iron Fist series, as well as the looming release of Doctor Strange, it's likely there will be some element of magic, perhaps toward the end of the run. The Chaste are also set to make an appearance, at least through Stick and Elektra. The full group may or may not make an appearance in this series, although scenes from Stick's episode in the first series heavily hints that they are indeed a force in the MCU.
- One of the biggest rumours circulating is the inclusion of Bullseye, arguable Daredevils biggest villain. In the comics, Bullseye is essentially Daredevil's joker, who has also been affiliated with the Dark Avengers. Rumours about the identity of the sniper at the end of the first series were flying after it's debut, with the main theory being that Bullseye would make his appearance this series. Honestly, I believe that sniper to be Frank Castle. HOWEVER, I do believe that Bullseye could be set up either for a third season or even The Defenders. Take a look at this still from one of the trailers for Season 2. The figure holding Elektra's sais doesn't resemble Elektra at all. I'd predict that this may be the final episode of the series, with Bullseye killing Elektra, much like in the comics. This may unite Daredevil and The Punisher for a future venture, bringing The Punisher into the anti-hero role we know him from, forcing the Matt/Karen pairing to happen for a potential adaptation of the Born Again story and giving way for a third Daredevil story, where Bullseye frees Kingpin and a new war for Hell's Kitchen begins against a potential 'Dark Avengers'-esque team.
- Avoiding all mention of the other Defenders is practically impossible at this point. Whilst I believe the rumours about the name-dropping of Jessica Jones, I'd say it's more likely that we'll start to hear more about the villains of this world. Madame Gao, The Steel Serpent and The Hand most likely have a part to play with the Iron Fist series, so I expect that we'll see more of their mystic antics toward the end of the series. I'm also expecting the villains for The Defenders to begin their inception from here. Perhaps that involves the reappearance of Kingpin? Perhaps it doesn't. Who knows.
- The world building it likely to continue as well. We know that the Roxxon Corporation will have a part to play in this movie, so they'll be further referenced. I'm also willing to bet that we'll hear a name drop of K'un L'un by the end of the series, as well as mention of either Rand Oil and Chemicals or Rand-Meachum Incorporated, depending on how far the Rand property will advance now that we know that Iron Fist is to be played by Finn Jones of Game of Thrones fame.
- Contrary to most people opinions, I don't think Civil War will have an impact on the series. Whilst there is tension about masked vigilantes, it's not reached fever pitch at the start of season 2. In fact, I think the OPPOSITE thing will happen. Perhaps Frank Castle's actions, Matt Murdock's retaliation or even the The Hands invasion will be referenced in Captain America: Civil War alongside the New York, Washington and Sokovia incidents.
- Again, dispelling what a lot of people are hoping for, I really don't see Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) showing up or getting name dropped or anything like that. Again, I think it's more likely that the first new Spider-Man solo movie will reference how dangerous New York is coming between full scale alien invasions and a dude with a crew cut murdering countless people.
- And to finish, I think this series best new fight may be what lead star Charlie Cox has described as "...a huge challenge for everyone including the camera operator, because most of it takes place in a stairwell." It sounds very reminiscent of the hallway fight from 'Cut Man' in the first series and Daredevil seems to work best in environments that really test his perception.
Marvel's Daredevil Season 2 will arrive on Netflix worldwide on Friday 18th March at 7am GMT. All 13 episodes will be available for streaming. Check back in the coming days for a Pop Culture Club series review.