Daredevil Season 2 is already setting up to be an exciting and dark installment. The first season introduced us to the violent world of Hell's Kitchen and familiar characters, including Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Foggy Nelson, Karen Page, and Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin).
Now that the show's tone and Daredevil's origin has been established, the second season offers exciting opportunities to add and develop new characters. The showrunners have already illustrated their desire to do this, casting Elodie Yung as fan favorite Elektra, Daredevil's most famous love interest, and Jon Bernthal as Punisher, another vigilante with a different and deadly interpretation of justice. One producer has even referred to the upcoming season as Daredevil Vs. Punisher (though that may not be an official title), promising that it'll be a whirlwind.
In addition to Elektra and Punisher, there are still many opportunities for upcoming characters in Season 2, from love interests to villains (and with Daredevil's luck in love, sometimes it's both!).
Here are 15 Characters We'd Like To See In Daredevil Season 2:
Echo, or Maya Lopez, is a deaf woman with remarkable photographic reflexes. She is able to copy the actions of others perfectly by watching them. By viewing videos of Bullseye and Daredevil, she gained their abilities.
In the comics, Kingpin murdered Echo’s father, Willie “Crazy Horse” Lincoln, but agreed to her father’s dying wish that he raise Echo. When Echo inquires about her father’s death, Kingpin tells her that Daredevil is responsible. Maya falls in love with Matt Murdock, not realizing that he is Daredevil. Later, in combat, she defeats him, but realizes that he is Matt before she finishes him off. Discovering the truth, Echo turns her talents and her rage against Kingpin, and she becomes a useful ally to Daredevil. She later joins the New Avengers at Daredevil’s recommendation.
Echo could work easily into season two – she could act as an instrument of Fisk, who could still return for revenge, even from prison. As both a Native American and a deaf person, her story also increases representation of groups that are too rarely seen in entertainment.
One of Daredevil’s most famous nemeses, Bullseye, has the ability to throw objects with lethal accuracy. An assassin, he becomes obsessed with Daredevil after Daredevil becomes the only target that Bullseye ever failed to kill. Not much of his past is known for certain, as he has a habit of making up backstories and names for himself, and therefore cannot be trusted.
While Bullseye was played by Colin Farrell in the 2003 film Daredevil, but his portrayal wasn't as faithful as it could have been. In Season 2, he could be brought to the screen in a way that more closely captures his appearance and character from the comics. Though his appearance might not bode well for Karen Page, who he murdered in the comics. With Bullseye on the show, no one would be safe.
13 Sister Maggie
Sister Margaret is a nun with a surprising past - she is Daredevil's mother, Maggie Murdock. Daredevil believed that his mother was dead, because his father lied to him growing up, but the truth turned out to be more complex. In the comics, Maggie tried to attack the baby Matt because she suffered from postpartum depression, and afterwards was so ashamed of her actions that she left her family and joined a convent.
Years later, Sister Margaret met Daredevil and eventually revealed to him that she was his mother. By introducing her into the story, Season 2 would help to develop Daredevil's backstory, expand on themes of faith and guilt, and add psychological depth to the problems that Matt faces and relationships that he forms.
12 Typhoid Mary
Typhoid Mary is a supervillainess of the Marvel Comics who is first introduced as a love interest of Matt Murdock's. She has dissociative identity disorder with three distinct personalities: Mary, who is quiet and sweet; Typhoid, who is violent and sexual; and Bloody Mary, who is a man-hating sadist. At times, it can be difficult to know which one of her personalities is in control at any given moment. She is skilled in martial arts, swordsmanship, and has some psionic powers, including pyrokinesis, which lets her set objects on fire.
Hired by Kingpin as an assassin to kill Daredevil, her Mary personality also begins a relationship with Matt Murdock. Her only appearance in television or movies was a character her bore her name (but not her personality or powers) in the Jennifer Garner Elektra film. But If she appeared in the television series, perhaps BSG veteran Katee Sackhoff would still be interested in playing her.
Spider-Man and Daredevil both call New York City their home, and they both share similar blue collar backgrounds. They also, in the comics, share many story lines and adventures. Even Charlie Cox, the actor who portrays Matt Murdock in Netflix’s Daredevil, thinks that the two superheroes should team up. Cox mentioned a particular fondness for the time that Matt Murdock defends Daredevil in court – and requires Peter Parker to don his suit so that the public does not learn Matt’s secret identity.
Some fans claim that there is a picture of Spider-Man in Ben Urich’s office – which, while difficult to know for certain, does appear to be a man in Spidey’s iconic red mask. In the second season, we could have more than a tiny easter egg, and instead see the newly cast Spider-Man, Tom Holland.
10 Black Widow
Natasha Romanova, also known as the Black Widow, paired with Daredevil in the comics to fight crime after he defended her against a false murder accusation. The two partnered together multiple times to fight many of Daredevil’s adversaries, including Bullseye, Gladiator, and Purple Man. Natasha and Matt also developed a romantic relationship, which Natasha eventually ended because she felt that he did not view her as a partner. Despite this feeling, they were a powerful partnership between two heroes who have a darker side.
Unfortunately, Black Widow is perhaps the least likely character on this list to make an appearance in the Netflix television show, as she is played by A-list actress Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers movies and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Johannson would probably be more expensive than the television show would be able to afford, and it would be difficult for her to fit Daredevil into her already busy schedule.
9 White Tiger
Angela del Toro is an FBI agent who investigates Daredevil in the comics. After her uncle Hector Ayala, the original White Tiger, is killed, his mystical amulet was passed along to her. The amulet gave her superhuman strength, reflexes, and martial art abilities. Using the amulet, del Toro chose to leave the FBI and become a vigilante like Daredevil. She took on the mantel of the White Tiger.
Del Toro’s federal investigation would be an interesting addition to Season 2 of the Netflix series, and could work to tie it into the events of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Daredevil would have to deal with her in a different way than he would Punisher, Elektra, or any of the other numerous supervillains that he might encounter over the course of the season. Additionally, del Toro has an origin story of her own, which could be explored in great detail.
8 Mister Fear
Mister Fear has been repeatedly compared to DC comics supervillain, Scarecrow, and with good reason. Both villains use "fear gas" as a weapon. The guise of Mister Fear has been donned by four different men, most notably Larry Cranston, who also used a drug that made the user completely unafraid, even of death, and led to psychosis. In the comics, Cranston used the drug against Daredevil's wife, Milla Donovan, permanently affecting her mental state. With both weapons at his disposal, Mister Fear is a terrorist who could take control of Hell's Kitchen.
Scarecrow's own success in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy illustrates what a powerful weapon fear can be. Mister Fear is a villain that can manipulate the minds of his opponents, which he strategically uses to his advantage. His presence in season two would require Daredevil to use more than his physical abilities.
7 Richard Fisk
In the comics, Richard Fisk is the grown son of Vanessa and Wilson Fisk – while that clearly isn’t possible in the Netflix television series, Richard is still a character that could help to incorporate the incarcerated Wilson Fisk into the plot.
Horrified when he learned of his father’s criminal enterprise after years of believing that he was a respectable businessman, Richard took on the name of Schemer and attacked his father’s empire. Richard later joins his father’s criminal enterprise, and even later becomes the vigilante Blood Rose.
In the comics, he is finally killed by his mother Vanessa, who believed he would betray Wilson Fisk once again. Richard’s changing loyalties could make him a compelling addition to the show; it would be impossible to tell if Richard was a friend or foe, and he could be the perfect way continue the Fisk story line into the new season.
6 Moon Knight
Moon Knight was teased in Captain America: Winter Soldier, with a mention of “a man in Cairo”. A mercenary that is revived by an Egyptian God, Moon Knight is a skilled fighter and a driven detective. Moon Knight is thought of by some fans as the “Marvel Batman”, and his abilities are comparable although his psychological issues definitely make him distinct from Gotham’s Dark Knight.
As no movie has been announced for Moon Knight, Daredevil could be the perfect introduction for him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Moon Knight is another hero-vigilante, and his presence in Hell’s Kitchen could further complicate the struggle between Daredevil and Punisher. Like Daredevil, Moon Knight tends to be a lone wolf, and could be a friend or a rival.
Melvin Potter appears in the first season of Daredevil, creating armor and protective gear for Wilson Fisk, and later helping Daredevil by constructing him a protective suit of his own. Hopefully, if Potter returns in Season 2, he will appear as his alter ego Gladiator.
In the comics, Gladiator is a villain who is trying to reform - he could prove a powerful ally or enemy for Daredevil and could mirror Daredevil's own journey as a hero. It would also give the television show the opportunity to explore the relationship between Betsy Beatty and Potter, which is alluded to, but never developed. The official Twitter account for Daredevil tweeted a Gladiator quote along with a picture in July, perhaps hinting that Melvin Potter and his costumed counterpart could make an appearance.
In the comics, Kirigi is an agent of The Hand, and sworn enemy of Stick and his student, Daredevil. Many fans have speculated that the name of Nobu, the Japanese associate of Fisk, is a reference to Kagenobu Yoshioka, the legendary founder of The Hand. If that is the case, then it can’t be long before the mysterious order of ninjas appears.
Kirigi’s training gives him superhuman strength, and he can use meditation to recover from all but the most serious and deadly wounds. His discipline, focus, and commitment would definitely put Daredevil to the test. Kirigi is the one of The Hand’s most agile and powerful warriors, and he would be a deadly addition to season two, contributing both fast-paced fight sequences and an enemy that Daredevil and Stick could take on together.
3 Mr. Hyde
Mr. Hyde’s name is taken from a character with the same name from Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Similar to his namesake, Mr. Hyde is a medical genius who uses his intellect to create a serum that transforms him into a Hulk-like monster.
The character of Mr. Hyde has already been reimagined for television, appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., played by Kyle MacLachlan. At the end of the story arch involving him, he has had his memory altered and is a veterinarian under the pseudonym Dr. Winslow. Incorporating him into the second season of Daredevil could be a subtle way to include a crossover between the two shows, without the massive commitment, money, and scheduling that it would take for a full cross-over episode. His presence would be a way to allude to the greater world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
2 MCU Television Cross-Overs
Of course, Mr. Hyde could also lead the way to other cross-overs and guest stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil will soon be joined by Jessica Jones later in 2015, and Luke Cage in 2016. Iron Fist and a cross-over series called The Defenders are soon to follow. The Defenders will feature Daredevil alongside Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in New York City – but having hints, easter eggs, cross-overs and guest stars leading up to that series will be an effective way to pave the road to the eventual crossing of paths.
There are many people and many heroes (along with many villains) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already, and bringing them together is just as exciting as reimagining new characters from the Marvel comics.
1 Deuce / Lightning
Daredevil has had two short-lived dog companions that could make their home in the Netflix series season two. In the comics, Rosalind Sharpe, Foggy Nelson’s lawyer mother, gave the blind Matt Murdock a seeing-eye dog named Deuce. When a possible Daredevil cartoon was pitched to ABC, there was also the idea that Daredevil could have a seeing-eye dog Lightning who would accompany him both as Matt Murdock and as he fought crime in the underworld of New York City.
While the animal crime-fighting companion might be a stretch, perhaps what Charlie Cox’s Matt needs is some unconditional love from a four-legged friend.
There are so many fantastic characters from the Daredevil comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe that could benefit from being on a complex and edgy show like Netflix's Daredevil. The only question that remains is: who did we miss? Just don't say Stilt-Man.