Daredevil season 2 is just moments away from being released on Netflix following a massively successful first season and while British actor Charlie Cox returns as protagonist Matt Murdock, lawyer by day and vigilante by night, the sophomore season places much focus in introducing key new characters from Marvel Comics. Jon Bernthal joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing fan-fave antihero Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher, and Elodie Yung also joins in as assassin and love interest Elektra.
For Marvel fans, seeing additional iconic characters join the MCU just a few short months after the introductions of Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is an exciting proposition knowing what it's leading to. Luke Cage's own show for instance, debuts in September, and Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) has already been cast to follow that up as Iron Fist. But as each new headline character gets their introduction - and so far each has been successful enough to warrant a second season - so to will supporting roles allow for more key superheroes and villains from the source material.
And that could lead to even more shows beyond the four headliners and their Defenders team-up miniseries currently set as part of the Marvel-Netflix deal. Early reviews of Daredevil season 2 episodes lead to rumors that The Punisher could be getting his own series and having seen the first seven ourselves, we can easily agree that's something that should happen.
So when I hopped on a call with Charlie Cox this week to talk about the franchise, I took the opportunity to ask what characters from the comics he'd personally like to join the Marvel-Netflix universe... and the first thing he jumped to was Bernthal's Punisher as well.
Well, yeah, really good question. Look, I have to preface all of this - because I got in trouble in the past for speculating - so I preface it all by saying I have no idea what the Netflix-Marvel plans are. I have no idea if there's going to be a third season. If there was one I have no idea what characters would be involved - all that core stuff but you guys get that.
But as I've got to know this show, this character a little bit, I would love to see - and I know this is something that's speculated about and I have no idea if it's possible or not possible - having worked with Jon [Bernthal] I would love to see Punisher get his own show. I'd love to see that happen. It's such a rich character and Jon embodies him in such a spectacular way. Fans are going to be overwhelmed and pleased with what he brought to the character so I'd love to see The Punisher get his own 13 episodes. And if he does, I'd love to be in it [laughs]. I'd love Daredevil to make an appearance.
As for the future of Daredevil as its own series and other characters Cox would want to see in his show, Bullseye is top of mind.
If we are fortunate enough to continue making the Daredevil series, I can't imagine doing a run of Daredevil where Bullseye doesn't show up at some point. It would be great to have him around at some point. Who would play that part I have no idea but I just think there's such an interesting, rich character there, and also of course, the history that Bullseye has with Karen Page is an interesting dynamic. When you read the comics it's etched in a Daredevil memory all that stuff.
I'd also like personally, again if we continue to make the Daredevil series, rather than have a new character every season I'd love us to explore more of the Wilson Fisk stuff. It'd be great if at some point Vincent D'Onofrio would come back for a season. There's so much Daredevil-Wilson Fisk left untold. As he really came into his own, as Wilson Fisk turned into the Kingpin at the end of season one, I'd love to see what that now does to the Daredevil-Fisk dynamic going forward if we were to do a season 3 or 4 or whatever.
Interestingly enough, during the casting process for Daredevil season 2, it was Bullseye making headlines when rumors surfaced that Marvel was in negotiations with Jason Statham to have him play the character who was teased as an Easter Egg in season one. It's a safe bet Charlie Cox's journey with Marvel TV is far from being over and whether it happens before or after The Defenders, there should be more Daredevil in the future. And if there is Bullseye and the return of Kingpin are easily top contenders as characters to be included.
Our journey into Hell's Kitchen is still just getting started.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 debuts on Netflix on March 18, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 on September 30, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.