With Daredevil‘s highly-anticipated second season finally hitting Netflix this Friday, the cast has been making the press rounds to talk up both the series and the arrivals of both Elektra (Elodie Yung) and Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), two fan-favorite characters fans have been eager to see join the Marvel Cinematic Universe for some time now. During an interview with Comic Book Resources, series star Charlie Cox talked about the differences between the first season, what we can expect from Matt in season two, and a bit about the upcoming Defenders mini-series, which will see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team-up in a mini-series for Netflix.
One of the best things about the Netflix shows is that they have the ability to do something the movies don’t, they have the freedom of time to truly develop these characters and their supporting casts. With a feature film, you have to cram so much story into a period of two-hours or less, whereas with these series, they are effectively constructed as thirteen hour films. They tell a solid arc across thirteen episodes, while still allowing time for us to explore the world being showcased in the series. The way that the first season handled Wilson Fisk, for example, was a refreshing choice as we got to see the origin of both Matt Murdock and Fisk, and it allowed Fisk to display a sense of vulnerability beneath the dangerous monster we later came to know. Going into season two, with the introduction of Frank Castle (Bernthal), we get to see them “probe the fine line” between both Daredevil and The Punisher, and according to Cox, it’s something that’ll cause plenty of uncertainty among viewers.
Charlie Cox: I’m not just saying this: I genuinely think it would be unfair for me to answer that, because I really think the main question that the show poses this year is, “What is a hero? What makes a hero? What should a hero be to us? What are the boundaries? If you have someone heroic in your midst, what are the boundaries? What are the rules? Should there be rules?” All those kind of things. But ultimately, what is a hero?
I was to answer that question, my answer would be biased because I kind of tend to side with Matt’s thinking. But it’s undeniable the way Frank Castle thinks about. Either way Frank Castle kind of operates, what he believes is also an incredibly poignant point. It’s an incredibly compelling argument, and it makes a lot of sense.
Hopefully, what we see this year is we see Matt’s conviction be brought into question. He starts to question. By the end of Season One, beginning of Season Two, having made some sort of a peace with who he is and what he’s capable of and what his role is in society, and all those things as Daredevil, he’s now suddenly having to question that all over again, but for completely different reasons.
He has, I guess, all the beginnings of an identity crisis. He has to really consider everything that he’s doing. Is it beneficial? Or is it ultimately, because of the likes of Frank Castle’s emergence, is it actually making things worse?
Of course, while thirteen hours allows for plenty of time to really delve into the world on display, one thing that plenty of fans were frustrated with was the slow build to the red suit reveal near the end of the first season. (Not all fans, of course. I actually enjoyed the build up.) Going into season two, that won’t be the case as we’ll see Daredevil in costume from the get-go. For Cox, this change was one that made sense, given that they approached season two with a “hit the ground running” approach all around.
Cox: I thought it was a really smart move from the writers, actually. I love Season One, I love the slow build. I love that kind of very suspenseful, slow journey towards even meeting Wilson Fisk, let alone coming to blows with him.
This year, there’s a couple of luxuries that you get in a second season. You don’t get to spend time in the origin story. You don’t get to meet the characters for the first time, and understand the dynamics and set the tone and all those kind of things. All that stuff’s already been done. So really, the second season you have to hit the ground running. I think you have to get straight into plot. So the writers thought, “Right, well, if we’re going to hit the ground running, let’s really hit the ground running. Let’s engage in that fully.” So whereas Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock didn’t meet until Episode Nine of Series One, Frank Castle and Matt Murdock are coming to blow by the end of the first episode. It’s very different, pacing-wise, it’s a very, very, very different show.
While it’s too early to know if Daredevil will get a third season, it’s easy to assume that it more than likely will. However, such as with Jessica Jones, a potential third season wouldn’t hit until after The Defenders, which is next up for Cox and crew once Iron Fist wraps production later this year. (That show will begin production sometime in April, meaning cast announcements can’t be far behind now!) For Cox, looking ahead to The Defenders is exciting.
Cox: I can’t wait. I think it’s going to be great. First of all, I really want to see “Luke Cage” when that comes out, because I think that’s going to be a really great show. Similarly to “Jessica,” it’s going to be unlike any superhero show we’ve ever seen before. Then, at some point obviously they’ll do “Iron Fist,” so Danny Rand will be on the scene. It’ll be cool to meet that energy and what he brings.
It’s going to be a hell of a task, I think — whoever’s chosen to show run “The Defenders,” it’s going to be a hell of a task to bring those four characters into one world, one universe and create that drama. I can’t wait to see what happens. It’s going to be great. I’m really excited.
However, as excited as Cox is for The Defenders, it may take some time for Matt to warm up to the idea of needing help as he recently told Entertainment Weekly.
EW: So with these added presences from the Marvel universe in the Netflix canon, is season 2 the beginning of Matt’s preparation for working as a member of The Defenders?
“I think quite possibly, but I don’t think he has any knowledge of that. I don’t think that he could even fathom that that is a possibility,” Charlie Cox tells EW.
“Something that’s very tricky for Matt is to allow anyone to help him. He finds it impossible to ask for help,” Cox said. “One of the lessons that he’s going to have to learn this season is that he needs other people, he needs help, we all need help.”
The second season of Daredevil is set to hit Netflix this Friday. Need a recap of season one? You can check out our season two trailer remix should help to get you ready for Friday!