Fans of all things Marvel can look forward to the studio’s long-term plans for their Cinematic Universe, with their television offerings poised to fill in the gap until the May 2015 release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’re currently in the middle of a robust, re-energized second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with the Hayley Atwell-starring Agent Carter premiering during the AoS midseason break.
Meanwhile, down on street-level, the first of five interconnected Netflix series, Daredevil, is set to premiere sometime in 2015. The show has been filming on location in New York throughout the summer of 2014, and while saw the first official images and early footage at NYCC and heard about the “much darker” tone from star Charlie Cox, the big picture has so far been kept under wraps.
Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight took to Twitter on Halloween 2014 to answer fan questions and confirm that we won’t see Bullseye on season 1, among other choice details. Now, DeKnight has once again used a holiday as an opportunity to engage with the fan community for another Twitter Q&A, this time as he prepares to direct the Daredevil finale.
Here is a breakdown of what DeKnight revealed, followed by some of the key tweets:
- While the black, ninja-like costume is reminiscent of Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.’s influential ‘Man Without Fear’ miniseries, this incarnation of the superhero is not directly based on that source material. Rather, it’s “just drawing inspiration” from it.
- Though there’s no official word on whether or not Daredevil will have any more seasons beyond the first, DeKnight said there “probably will be more.”
- We will not be seeing the other Netflix shows, such as Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, in 2015.
- Fans should expect a lot of Easter Eggs when the full season premieres. Some will be obvious, others more obscure.
- DeKnight side-steps the question of whether or not The Punisher could show up in Daredevil by saying he’d love to write and direct a Punisher movie.
- Lastly, he stated that he’d like to include Wilbur Day A.K.A. Stilt-Man in the show if he could.
Love to write/direct a Punisher movie. Does that count?RT @ThaConLife: Would you love to include Punisher in the future with Daredevil?— Steven DeKnight (@stevendeknight) November 28, 2014
The inclusion of a great deal of Easter Eggs is kind of a given, since this Daredevil universe is an extension of the one established by the MCU and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since the “street-level noir” world of The Defenders is one unlikely to include cameos by characters like Iron Man or Thor, the use of strategic allusions to the larger MCU will most likely be kept out of the way of the main storyline, for the most part.
These details are fun to pour over, and if DeKnight is planning to use holidays as a means for sharing even more, we can possibly look forward to another round on Christmas Day… but we still don’t know much more than we did a month ago. The only things here that resemble “official” info are the hint that we’ll be seeing a second season and the flat denial that any of the follow-up Netflix shows will debut in 2015.
The wording of DeKnight’s Punisher reply invites speculation, even if he might be teasing about including the recurring Daredevil arch-foe Stilt-Man. We’ve explained why Frank Castle/Punisher is a character who deserves his own TV show, and a recent, seemingly offhand line of dialogue on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. contained a sly reference to one of the character’s supporting players. (And let’s not forget the theory about The Punisher appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)
Daredevil has plenty of world-building in its own right, with the other Netflix shows expected to tie in to the Man Without Fear’s initial outing, but might we expect one of Daredevil‘s later episodes to set up a potential Punisher origin story? As the MCU becomes more and more cosmic in scope and with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter likely to focus on global threats, tracking the street-level crime-fighting from the unique perspective of The Punisher would provide a fascinating contrast to the super-powered nobility of characters like Thor and Captain America.
What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to Daredevil and the surprises in store? Sound off in the comments.
Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in 2015.