Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War will see superheroes duking it out with one another on the big screen in 2016; meanwhile, Daredevil season 2 will be pitting “street-level” superhero Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) against the anti-hero Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) on the small screen. Matt will also be dealing with his old girlfriend Elektra (Elodie Yung) showing up in Hell’s Kitchen during season 2 of said Marvel/Netflix TV series, but the main focus of the season – and the focal point of marketing for the season, too – has been the conflict (one that involves different ideologies and, eventually, an exchanging of punches) between Daredevil and The Punisher, so far.
That continues with the most recent promo released for Daredevil season 2, which you can watch above. Marvel/Netflix has also released a related poster that shows Daredevil, chained up and looking worse for wear following an encounter with The Punisher – though, Marvel comic book readers already have an inkling of the dark events that may transpire during the scene that’s being teased here (more on that shortly). First, here is the official Daredevil season 2 synopsis, followed by the aforementioned new poster:
Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.
Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.
The Daredevil season 2 scene teased here looks to have been lifted right out of the Punisher/Daredevil comic book story that Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (who also collaborated on projects like the Preacher comic book series) wrote and illustrated, respectively, in 2001. You can read more about this encounter between Daredevil and Punisher in the Marvel Comics universe HERE, but the short of it is this: this is an incident where Frank Castle forces Matt Murdock to make a moral decision, when it comes to killing others, in order to prove a larger point. The line that Bernthal’s Punisher says to Cox’s Daredevil (one that has been featured heavily in Daredevil season 2 marketing of late), “You know you’re one bad day away from being me,” likewise appears to be a part of either this infamous encounter between the two characters – or a similar meeting between them on the show.
In short: if Matt was hoping that his conscience would become more clear – and his moral compass easier to follow – after he defeated Wilson Fisk/Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio) in Daredevil season 1, The Punisher’s actions (and how Matt responds to them) should very much prove otherwise.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.