Season 2 of Marvel's Daredevil will premiere in a few months on Netflix, building on the success of season 1 and introducing more... unique residents of Hell's Kitchen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the process. Daredevil season 2 will pit Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in a battle of ideologies - and, in all likelihood, fists - with the vigilante Frank Castle/The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). With Daredevil season 2, Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War, and WB/DC's own Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice all arriving in 2016, superheroes are going to be busier fighting one another more than anything this year, on the big screen and small screen alike.
However, despite rumors this week that Daredevil season 2 and Batman V Superman would be going head to head themselves, we can now confirm that the two projects will not debut on the same day in Netflix and theaters, respectively. The Man Without Fear will instead return a week before the Bat of Gotham and Man of Steel go to war, as revealed in the above Daredevil season 2 announcement (read: teaser) trailer.
Here is the official synopsis for Daredevil season 2, teasing both Matt's battle with The Punisher and the addition of Elektra Natchios (Elodie Yung):
Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame – Elektra Natchios.
Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The Punisher, a man who takes justice into his own hands in Matt’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, Matt must balance his duty to his community as a lawyer and his dangerous life as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, facing a life-altering choice that forces him to truly understand what it means to be a hero.
You can check out the Daredevil season 2 poster, below:
The Daredevil season 2 announcement trailer contains no actual footage from the new season, instead recapping key events from season 1 (the accident that blinded Matt as a child, his encounter with the Kingpin, and so forth) through a series of memorable snapshots from season 1 - recreated as painted church ceiling panels done in the style of the Sistine Chapel. Matt's spiritual crisis was a central issue during Daredevil season 1 (and always was in Daredevil comic book stories before then) - so it makes sense for that them to be just as important in season 2, as The Punisher's actions and behavior force Matt to determine just where he draws the line as a vigilante himself (as indicated by the new teaser).
What little Daredevil season 2 footage that has been revealed through different Comic-Con events has also emphasized the conflict between Matt and Frank Castle, though this fresh announcement trailer also provides a reminder that Matt's martial arts teacher Stick (Scott Glenn) and in turn the mysterious organization he works for, is another plot thread that will be picked up in season 2. Meanwhile, the line about Matt facing a "life-altering choice" in season 2 provides good reason to start worrying about what might happen to his loved ones - Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) - when Punisher makes his way into town.
That's a lot of meaty narrative substance for Daredevil season 2 to explore, boding all the better for the next addition the Netflix corner of the MCU. Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 both set the bar high for Marvel's Netflix series, but the addition of Punisher reads as a smart way for the former to feasibly up the ante with regard to the story stakes, personal drama, and super-vigilante action... while at the same time even improving on certain aspects of its initial run in season 2.
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.