Since Daredevil launched on Netflix in early April, the series has taken over the conversation about Marvel's Cinematic Universe, overshadowing this year's Marvel Studios offerings in the minds of fans and critics alike. The grounded approach to Marvel's universe, along with the mature themes and focus on character development, resonated with fans in unexpected ways.
It wasn't long before a second season of Daredevil was announced (only eleven days after the premiere), with Marvel shifting their Netflix plans to give audiences more of Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock. The second season will see the introduction of The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) to the MCU, the brutal vigilante who would rather kill criminals than send them to prison. Despite sharing the common goal of cleaning up Hell's Kitchen, it won't be long before the two characters come to blows over their differences.
In preparation for the big fight, it appears that Matt Murdock will be donning an updated version of his costume. The official Daredevil twitter account tweeted out our first look at the costume, which you can see below. At first glance, the costume appears largely similar to the one debuted at the end of the first season. However, a closer look shows faceplate is now black instead of red and there appears to be more black added to the costume overall.
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) August 20, 2015
Admittedly, the lighting in the teaser image as well as the positioning of the suit makes it hard to make out the finer details. A second photo has since surfaced, featuring what looks to be test footage of the new costume. The authenticity of the photo has yet to be confirmed, but it appears to be in line with the teaser image. Check it out below:
— Ruhail (@RuhailAli) August 20, 2015
The costume itself seems to have more black outlining than in the first season. The biggest change, as we mentioned, is the black faceplate. The change makes for a nice homage to Matt's original costume and will likely help increase his intimidation factor by keeping his eyes in the shadows. Comic fans will likely make the connection between this costume and the armored black and red suit the character donned in the '90s era.
In the first season of the show, Daredevil's costume was created by Melvin Potter (Matt Gerald) in his workshop. Melvin was employed by Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio) at the time, crafting armored suits for the villain in exchange for the safety of a woman named Betsy Beatty. By working with Daredevil on the suit, he risked both her safety and his own.
It's possible that Melvin worked with Daredevil to make upgrades to the suit. However, a recent teaser image makes the idea a little less likely. Melvin Potter is also known as Gladiator in the comics, a villain who wields circular saws and has battled Daredevil on numerous occasions. If the teaser indicates his transformation into a villain, Daredevil might need to find a new ally to help him fix his costume.
Daredevil season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones premieres in Fall 2015, followed by Luke Cage and Daredevil season 2 in 2016. Season 3 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC. Agent Carter will air season 2 in early 2016.
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