This year saw the release of a great deal of superhero content, particularly from Marvel Studios. However, the studio’s adult-themed, direct-to-Netflix series “Daredevil” stood out from the pack, prompting its cavalcade of fans to salivate over any new information about Season 2.
Thanks to the folks at Entertainment Weekly, there’s not only two new photos from Season 2 available for viewers to analyze, but some information about the new story as well. As anyone who has been paying attention to the production of “Daredevil” Season 2 will know, the show will finally introduce the anti-hero The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While the former “The Walking Dead” actor has been teasing his involvement in the series for several weeks, the outlet has the first official photo of the character in action, and he appears to be in a position that’s both familiar and chilling to comic book fans.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 29, 2015
[POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss a possible spoiler coming to Netflix’s “Daredevil” Season 2. Proceed at your own risk.]
The new photo shows the title hero, Daredevil (Charlie Cox) chained to a rooftop, presumably by The Punisher. As many fans may notice, it looks shockingly similar to a moment in the comic books in which The Punisher (a.k.a. Frank Castle) gets the better of Daredevil in a fist fight. The hero wakes up to find himself chained to a rooftop with a gun in his hand. The Punisher positions himself and a sniper rifle in front of Daredevil’s gun. He tells the masked vigilante that he’s going to assassinate someone below and the only way the devil of Hell’s Kitchen can stop him is by pulling the trigger and ending his life.
“Daredevil” Season 1, boiled down to its core, was the story of a man with extraordinary power discovering that he doesn’t need to become a killer in order to cleanse his city of crime and murder. If the show adapts the scene in question, which it looks like it will do based on the new teaser photo, it would force Matt Murdock to either hold fast to the lesson he learned last year and allow a man to die, or go back on everything that separated him from Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) in Season 1. In short, it seems as though the new showrunner (via Variety) is going to use its Punisher to challenge the hero on a moral level right out of the box.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know for sure exactly how the Netflix series, which has remained pretty true to the comics but played fast and loose with the finer details, will tackle the moral battle between Matt Murdock’s law and order philosophy and The Punisher’s marshal law philosophy. Fans will just have to wait until the undisclosed release date of Season 2 in 2016 to have all their burning “Daredevil” questions answered.