Season 2 of Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil is currently filming and given the overwhelmingly positive response to the first season – from both fans and critics – many viewers are thrilled the series is already producing brand new episodes. While Season 1 focused heavily on revealing the origin of Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), and Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), it looks like Season 2 is taking steps to further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Daredevil’s home, Hell’s Kitchen.
The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal has been cast as the anti-hero Frank Castle, a.k.a. Punisher, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation’s Elodie Yung landed the role of Elektra Natchios, a deadly assassin who, in the comics, falls in love with Daredevil. An appearance by these two characters felt inevitable – they both have compelling dynamics with Daredevil in the comics – but what other heroes and villains may appear in the new season? Season 1 was loaded with Easter Eggs and nods to certain Marvel characters, and it’s looking like another one of Daredevil’s villains, Melvin Potter, a.k.a. Gladiator, may play a role in Daredevil Season 2.
The official Daredevil Twitter account recently posted the following image, hinting that Melvin Potter (played by Matt Gerald on the Netflix series) will don his comic counter-part’s costume in season two:
In season one, Cox’s Daredevil turned to Melvin – a gifted designer – to upgrade from his vigilante costume which consisted of just basic, black cloth. At the time, Melvin was employed by Kingpin to make advanced armors – including the one the criminal mastermind wears – and in return, Kingpin assures Melvin that Betsy Beatty (a woman Melvin cares for deeply, though their relationship has yet to be explored in the show), will be kept safe. Convinced (after a scuffle), Melvin creates Murdock a brand new armor, inspired by his signature red outfit in the comics.
It’s possible the above Daredevil image is reflecting on Melvin’s role in the story we’ve already witnessed, not foreshadowing season two developments. That said, in the comics, Gladiator does have an ongoing conflict with Daredevil and actor Matt Gerald reprising the role for Season 2 doesn’t seem far-fetched at all. If Daredevil needs suit repairs or upgrades, he’d need to turn to Melvin. However, if something happens to Betsy, then Melvin might wind up stepping into his own armor and giving Matt some major trouble (seeing as Melvin’s already a proven top-notch fighter on the show).
The introduction of Elektra and Punisher is guaranteed to keep Daredevil busy, but Gladiator’s role – even if it’s just for an episode or two – has the potential to offer both harsh fight sequences – something the show does very well – and a strong dose of emotion. Gladiator may not be as skilled in martial arts or nearly as agile as Daredevil, but he makes up for that with sheer force – he’s strong and can take a lot of punishment – and it’s clear the guy has a lot of heart. He may not become the big bad of Season 2, but an episode highlighting him is certainly possible.
Fun fact: In Daredevil Season 1, Gladiator’s symbol (as seen on his chest in the image above), the costume’s signature buzz saws, and Stilt-Man’s legs can also be seen in Melvin’s workshop.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will debut in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage and Daredevil season two in 2016.
Source: Marvel Studios/Netflix