— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 14, 2016
In 2015, Marvel kicked off the Netflix side of their cinematic universe with the first season of Daredevil. The show received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, and Marvel followed the series up with a second critically well-received series with the first season of Jessica Jones. Now Daredevil season 2 is the next release from Marvel and Netflix, with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and a Defenders team-up series set to arrive in the coming years.
Daredevil season 1 followed Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he fought against Kingpin (Vincent D'Onfrio) in order to save his neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen in New York City. Season 2 will introduce other characters from Marvel Comics, including Elektra (Elodie Yung) and the fan-favorite anti-hero The Punisher (Jon Bernthal). A promo for Daredevil season 2 teases a new trailer for the Marvel Netflix series that will feature Punisher.
The new teaser (above) released by Daredevil on Twitter features the head of the titular hero's costume flickering in and out and changing into the logo for Punisher. Meanwhile, Bernthal can be heard speaking as Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher, saying, "You know you're one bad day away from being me."
Soon after Daredevil added Bernthal to the series as Punisher, season 2 showrunners Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie - who took over from Steven S. DeKnight - referred to the second outing of The Man Without Fear as "Daredevil vs The Punisher." Reports about Punisher in season 2 have teased an exceptional portrayal of the anti-hero that will please fans - which may explain the rumors that Netflix and Marvel are developing an entire Punisher spinoff series, though it's unclear when that would arrive if the reports turn out to be true.
From everything we know so far about Daredevil season 2, it seems Punisher will play an integral role - likely filling in for Kingpin as Matt Murdock's main antagonist for the season. Additionally, like the contrast between Daredevil's way of cleaning up Hell's Kitchen versus Kingpin's in season 1, it seems season 2 will provide another comparison in the way that Matt Murdock and Frank Castle handle vigilante justice.
Of course, although much of season 2 will likely be devoted to Daredevil facing off against The Punisher, the season will also see the introduction of the famed assassin Elektra as well as the return of Matt Murdock's friends, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). But, though Daredevil season 2 will likely provide compelling returns to the season 1 characters and an introduction of Elektra to the MCU, the fight between Daredevil and Punisher will be the main attraction - one that we will hopefully get a glimpse of in the upcoming trailer.
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. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.