With only days until Daredevil season two, there are plenty of questions about what we will see in this next installment of the Netflix Marvel Universe. Thankfully, leading up to the release, the cast and crew have been making the press rounds, answering plenty of questions, and teasing what’s to come, as well as the potential for crossovers.
The great thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that it allows or the possibility of crossovers. This is something we see frequently with the films, and something that we’ve seen bits of on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has had crossover appearances from Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to name a few. And as the Netflix shows continue to move along, it’s assumed that we’ll begin to see the characters crossover into other shows leading up to The Defenders. Of course, we’ve seen Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, and it’s rumored that Finn Jones will make his debut as Danny Rand in Luke Cage before going on to lead his own series. However, when it comes to Daredevil, showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez explained that we shouldn’t expect any of the other Defenders to show up in this universe.
“Season 2 is already so populated with major characters,” showrunner Marco Ramirez says. “And [Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist] have their own aesthetic values. So crossing those, we never want it to feel like, ‘Oh, it’s jumping the shark. Now it’s this weird crossover episode where this person from this other show is here.'”
“We know ultimately they will come together in some magical way in The Defenders,” he continues. “So we’re really careful in and how we do it… It’s not always the stars of the show crossing and being in the same room.”
With the introduction of The Punisher and Elektra, season two will move at a faster pace than Season One. Where we didn’t see Wilson Fisk until episode four, it’s been reported that Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle is introduced right from the get go. Explaining the reasoning behind this, Ramirez explained how a slow introduction didn’t feel right.
It feels like Frank Castle does not make a sneaky entrance onto your show. Frank Castle enters guns blazing and there’s no better introduction for Daredevil and Frank Castle to meet than for it to end with a shot in the head. And similarly, Elektra doesn’t just slowly make her way back into your life. She sneaks into your house and is there when you get home. And she has made herself at home because she knows your heart better than you do.
One of the best things about the first season was Matt’s battle with his conscience, which is sure to continue in season two, according to Petrie.
There was a moment [in Season 1] that we all particularly enjoyed, where [Matt] throws a Russian gangster off of a roof into a dumpster [and] the guy’s probably going to be in a coma. And then Matt does something that I’ve never seen a superhero do: he confesses … “I enjoy this.” He actually says it to the gangster before throwing him over. And Claire says, “Really. Did you really enjoy that?” And we’re left to learn the answer or not.
So when Frank shows up, he’s asking the exact same question. It’s like Matt Murdock is a guy who’s driven towards violence, and yet he has a very Catholic, very blue collar, very New York code which he will not break. Then Frank Castle shows up and basically calls him a hypocrite from the go and says, “I’m the exact same thing except I carry a gun. Seriously dude, what’s the difference?” And Matt doesn’t have a ready answer for that. That just plunges him into self-doubt and moral conundrum and Catholic torture, and that’s where we like to keep our guy.
Of course, Matt will also be dealing with Elektra, who the showrunners explained is seen by most as a sociopath, although Matt doesn’t see her in that light. Elektra herself is confused by the fact that she can’t be cold toward her past lover. Petrie explains that what’s between them is “…about as doomed a romance as I can think of, and that’s why it’s fun to watch these two do their dance.”
Along with The Punisher and Elektra, The Hand, who was first introduced back in season one, will also play a large role in the story. Regarding what the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Hand will be like, Ramirez explained:
They’re a huge, powerful, dark, underground organization. People who know the comics will know they have very interesting properties. They’re some of the most powerful people in the Marvel Universe and we love the idea of putting them up against this guy who has a secret life, who has an apartment and a flailing law practice. It’s one person going up against an army, as you can see in the trailer.
Up until now, the Netflix part of the MCU has proven to be very grounded, and bringing in a magical group like The Hand could destroy that grounded reality they’ve managed to create. However, Ramirez and Petrie said that the series will continue to be grounded despite the inclusion of the Hand.
Petrie: All we can tell you is that we never even think of it as a superhero show. And to transition from Wilson Fisk to the Hand is quite a trick. What I can guarantee is that we keep it as gritty, grounded and character-motivated as possible.
Ramirez: That said, I think it really is a fun transition. … Doug and I are both New Yorkers at heart. We’ve lived here for many years. I definitely feel I’ve passed by people on New York streets who are either angels or vampires. New York City is a really interesting, odd place, so it’s not really hard to say, “Oh, there’s weird magic underground sh– that happens in New York City.”
The showrunners also discussed Foggy and Karen, and explain that even with the addition of two more characters, they sought out to give both Foggy and Karen solid stories going into the second season.
Foggy is absolutely the moral ballast and character ballast that Matt Murdock needs. And what we’ve repeatedly come to realize is, if it weren’t for Foggy being the kind of Jiminy Cricket, the moral sandbag holding Matt there, Matt could easily go flying off into homicide and into his persona as Daredevil and give in to his darker impulses. Foggy is the light and the good and the optimism. And I don’t envy his job, because his best friend is Matt Murdock. So they’ll definitely go at it this year, and there’s no question their friendship will be strained. But there’s also no question that without that friendship, Matt Murdock will be lost.
Day one, sitting down in the room, we knew we had Daredevil, we knew we had Elektra and we knew we had Frank Castle. But we also knew we wanted to build a solid story, not only for Foggy, but for Karen Page, giving her a journey and her own dramatic impulse and her own drive through the season so she wouldn’t get lost [in] the shuffle. I think she has a really great story this season. I think some of my favorite scenes of the season are ones she did. She was an absolute pleasure to write for and she’s just one of the smartest characters on the show.
Daredevil season two will premiere on Netflix this Friday. Be sure to check it out. And as always, for all things Daredevil, be sure to follow along here.
Source: TV Guide