'Daredevil': Rosario Dawson Talks The Punisher & Her 'Defenders' Role

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Earlier this year, Marvel officially launched the Netflix branch of their cinematic universe with Daredevil, which received a second season shortly after its successful debut. Although little is known about the upcoming second season of Daredevil, many characters will be returning, including Rosario Dawson's Claire Temple a.k.a. Night Nurse. But the season will bring with it new Marvel heroes as well - Jon Bernthal's Franck Castle a.k.a. The Punish chief among them

Dawson, however, will not only appear in Daredevil but the other Marvel Netflix series as well: Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist before the four heroes assemble for The Defenders. Now, Dawson has spoken about her growing role in the Marvel universe as well as how Bernthal's Punisher will fit into the mix.

In an interview with MTV News, Dawson explains what drew her to the role as Claire (the character's arc in the first season) and well as how she hopes to see Night Nurse's involvement with heroes progress. However, as for when and where Claire will appear in the other Netflix series, she's unsure, but is eager to play an everyday woman who manages to "bring all those worlds together.”

But changes for her own character are coming, and she has thoughts on how it may impact the larger MCU:

“Even just having Night Nurse and Claire Temple come together was already changing the Marvel Universe. So it just feels like, A) I finally get to join Marvel. I get to do it in a way that’s completely altering the universe, which is awesome. And then, B) I have no idea where it’s going to go, because here I was having a fling with Matt Murdock, and now Luke Cage is coming up, and Jessica Jones.”

In the comics, Claire Temple and Night Nurse were separate characters, with the former famous as a love interest of Luke Cage. However, Jessica Jones - set to be played by Krysten Ritter in AKA Jessica Jones - is also romantically linked to Cage, and it seems that Dawson has yet to find out if those aspects of the characters' stories will come into play within the Netflix mini-universe.

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As for the new vigilante set to arrive in Hell's Kitchen, Dawson expects The Punisher to add a new and interesting component to the dynamic of Matt Murdock's Daredevil (played by Charlie Cox). Dawson discusses the two heroes and the fine line that Murdock walks in the first season, on which Castle will surely join him:

“That’s going to raise the stakes so much more, because Matt Murdock almost behaves like The Punisher in the first season. [Matt] crosses the line quite often, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they differentiate them and where that goes.”

Dawson went on to say that Daredevil will continue its emphasis on realism, personally complimenting the less-polished approach, saying that "it’s really fun to see people miss punches and get tired." The actress also teases the possibility of more "fantastical heroes" joining the mix, though doesn't offer much to go on.

Since it was announced, Bernthal joining Daredevil as The Punisher has become one of the most anticipated aspects of the show's second season. While Castle will certainly add to the action of season 2, as Dawson suggests, his arrival will also provide new drama for Murdock.

In the first season Murdock struggled with the morality and consequences of killing, so adding a character who is more comfortable with that violence sounds like a recipe for compelling character development. Whether Castle's new - and more lethal - methods will cause Murdock to cross that line farther or act as a cautionary tale remains to be seen.

However, either way it seems Dawson's Night Nurse will be busy on Daredevil season 2 and in Marvel's other Netflix series.

Next: How ‘Daredevil’ Changed Shared Universe Franchising

Daredevil is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones premieres this fall, followed by Luke Cage and Daredevil season 2 in 2016.

Source: MTV News

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