The first season of Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil followed blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he evolved from a black-clad Hell’s Kitchen vigilante into the eponymous superhero and took down crime lord Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The show’s second season premieres on the streaming outlet this March, and will introduce all new threats and complications for Matt Murdock, including the arrival of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and his “psychotic” ex, Elektra (Elodie Yung).
This time around, Daredevil will be “questioning everything” as he contends with The Punisher’s extremist war on crime. All of the promotional material we’ve seen so far hints at a far darker direction for the show, with the stakes likely to become more personal. Beyond the criminal underworld of Hell’s Kitchen and even The Punisher, there seems to be something deeper going on.
Case in point, a new teaser for Daredevil season 2, which you can watch above. On a rooftop framed by Chinese New Year’s celebrations, Daredevil rises to his feet as a voice intones, “your work is not yet finished.” The tagline “The Time Has Come To Settle All Debts” appears behind him, and then Punisher says “beg,” (and it sounds like “bang!”)
This short teaser is yet another promo promising dark times to come for Matt Murdock. While he was able to keep the violence of his life as Daredevil separate from that of his day job as a criminal defense lawyer, the tone of this teaser — along with the previously released image of Murdock’s shattered glasses — suggests that these two lives will intersect.
If the crime rate has plummeted in Hell’s Kitchen following the Kingpin/Wilson Fisk’s downfall, then Matt Murdock could conceivably be exploring the idea of hanging up his horns — until The Punisher shows up. The notion of Daredevil retiring may be what the voice in the teaser above is referring to, but what are the “debts” that need to be settled? We’re going to meet one figure from Murdock’s past in Elodie Yung’s Elektra, but we’ve already met a crucial one: his former mentor Stick (Scott Glenn), who will return in season 2.
Much was left unresolved between Stick and Matt, so if anyone still has a score to settle, it would be him. The details on his return are unknown, but how much of a stretch is it to imagine that Stick’s return is somehow connected to the coming of The Punisher or Elektra? Considering how much Stick knows about Murdock, it’s very likely that he thinks Matt owes him.
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 Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.